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Bill T.

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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Raku Burner

25 March 2014 - 10:03 AM

I have an old Gare kiln  about 3 cu/ft that I am planning on making a raku kiln out of.  Since I'm a little flush from good Christmas sales I want to buy a Ward burner.  Which of these burners do I want? 


"With 1-8 PSI, the MR750 Single System is rated at 54,365 to 153,768 BTU's,           The MR100 is rated at 68,347 to 193,303 BTU's.


Probably will run them on propane, have gas available but will wait to see how all goes learning to fire the kiln.  Have already bought a digital pyrometer. 


Thanks for the help.

First Time With Underglaze

11 December 2013 - 11:35 AM

Picture is my first attempt using underglazes.  Granddaughter is a freshman at Vanderbilt, and I wanted to make her and her roommate something for Christmas.  Used B-Mix 6 already bisqued with Amaco underglazes.  Put 4 coats on then sprayed clear over it.  I was pleased with the way they came out, no smearing and the underglaze is bright.  Really surprised me since my hands shake and doing fine work is total concentration to paint a straight line. Attached File  P1000817.JPG   87.04KB   5 downloads

Red/orange Autumn Leaves

17 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

The leaves are finally starting to turn here in East Texas.  Some of the gums and maples have a beautiful red / orange color that would be a great glaze.  Is there such a combination in Cone 6 OX?

Would love to make a set of mugs like this, great for coffee on a cool autumn morning. 

Bottom Is Cupping Up

25 September 2013 - 09:03 PM

I was loading a bisque fire today and noticed that a 7" covered casserole that I had made about a month ago was cupped upwards in the middle instead of being flat on the bottom.  Why did this happen?  I put ware on sheetrock to dry, place the lid on the casserole, and if it is real hot outside loosely cover with a plastic sheet. ( We have just dropped into the low 90's after a month of close to 100.)  Using Laguna Speckled Buff, quite a big of grog.  The bottom is about 1/4 -3/16 thick, and I compress it well.  I am thinking the bottom dried too fast in relation to the rest of the casserole.   Any thoughts?

Trials & tribulations with a Skutt 1027

13 June 2013 - 03:26 PM

I have had my 1027 about 7 years with 110 bisque & cone 6 firings on it. Loaded it up for a bisque in February, turned on the breaker, no lights on the board. Pulled the box and found corrosion on the board contacts. I finally figured out that my outside cat had wet on the top of the control box causing the corrosion. $260 later I put in a new board and it fired off OK. A week ago started a glaze fire, error on the board not increasing temperature correctly. A call to Skutt for some more diagnostics, into the contol box again (getting pretty fast with this now), checked relays, 2 good, number 3 had loose contact BAD!! Noticed all relay contacts were corroded. Cat really did a job in February. Ordered 3 new relays from Jameco ($8.95 each), a new board from Skutt since this one was giving real strange readings, replaced all wiring from 220 input to element outputs which I already had. If there is a moral to this story it’s that I have learned a lot about my kiln and feel capable of working on it. Also made a shield for the top of the control box which I put on when not firing. Let’s see if the cat can p.. around that. With the new board in a successful firing. Will send the old board to Barlett to have a spare. While talking with the Skutt tech I learned of some new diagnostics. Press 8 which causes periods to appear at the bottom of the display showing which relays are working. I wish they would print all of the diagnostics and codes in the manual.