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In Topic: What Kind Of Kiln Shelves To Use?

29 December 2013 - 01:17 PM

However, if you have one part of the shelf touching a powered up element,...........  AND you then stand on a damp concrete floor in your bare feet......... and you then touch some part of the shelf .. ......... there is a path to ground possible......... through the shelf, through your body and then to the floor.  Then we get into the potential resistacne equations to see if the current flow will be enugh to stop your heart, or just give you a major league ZAP.






Hmmm... perhaps the concrete floor should be dampened with salt water while an electrical cord, wires bare at one end and divided, one end in your month and the other held under your arm pit is plugged into the wall while you cluck like a chicken...


Bet that would make your feathers fly...



In Topic: What Kind Of Kiln Shelves To Use?

29 December 2013 - 01:06 PM

It looks like, at long last, I can upgrade to a Skutt electric kiln with all the digital doohickeys I've been craving for so long. (Yay, me!) I'm wondering about what kind of kiln shelves I should consider investing in. The Skutt will go up to cone 10, and though I don't anticipate going to that cone quite yet, I will be, so I want shelves that will endure that kind of heat.


I've heard of silicon carbide shelves and that they're lighter and are supposed to be stronger, but I don't know anything else about their durability or performance.


Pros and cons of various shelf choices are appreciated!




I'm very happy with my Skutts. I just added a third one to our collection. We did upgrade the elements in the production kilns. We fire to cone 6 using a modified ramp / hold schedule. One thing, if you're using the programed cone fire be sure to run test fires. We found some issues with over firing and had to call Skutt and have some offsets programmed into the standard programs to compensate. All-in-all it took only a few short minutes to fix. I've found their service to be very good as well.

In Topic: What Kind Of Kiln Shelves To Use?

29 December 2013 - 01:02 PM

I love the Core-Lite shelves. Light and very strong yet still affordable. You can get Advancer silicon carbide shelves that are super thin and super strong but they will cost 4 times as much or more.

Thanks Mark. Shellhawk let me know if you need any L&L info.

Ditto on the Core-Lite shelves... We switched to these and have been very happy with them. I find them an excellent compromise between standard and the Advancer mentioned above.

In Topic: Time To Set Your Goals For 2014!

29 December 2013 - 12:59 PM

KISSing my way into 2014...


1.  Complete clay / glaze testing

2.  Start continuing education for the team (anyone know of any good workshops?)

3.  Emphasize progress over perfection

4.  Introduce line of garden pots & fountains

5.  Have fun

In Topic: Do I Need To Pre- Fire New Kiln Shelves?

28 December 2013 - 08:21 AM

According to Skutt you should temper all of your furniture. I've skipped the tempering for both standard and core light without issue...