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neilestrick

Member Since 04 Oct 2011
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In Topic: New Kiln Or Refit Old Kiln

Yesterday, 02:22 PM

If the element coils are even and standing straight, they are probably fine. If the wiring in the control box is brittle, or if the electrical connections are corroded, they should be replaced.


In Topic: New Kiln Or Refit Old Kiln

Yesterday, 02:11 PM

You just plug the kiln power cord into the outlet on the external digital controller. No wiring needed. Just make sure the controller can handle the amperage of the kiln.


In Topic: Lowfire Clay Problems

Yesterday, 10:34 AM

There's no good way to tell just by looking. I deal with this by making all of my students buy clay from me, so I know exactly what's going into my kiln. If you do want to use two different temperatures of clay bodies, then one should be obviously different than the other, like a high fire gray and a terra cotta. I bet some rookie brought in some pieces that they or a friend made elsewhere but never got fired. I have my students ask about stuff like that all the time. I always tell them no, unless they can verify the firing temp of the clay, which they never can. Taking photos is a good idea.


In Topic: Kiln Dismantle ?

Yesterday, 10:30 AM

Buy it for the bricks and furniture and build what you want. Build your own power burners.


In Topic: New Kiln Or Refit Old Kiln

Yesterday, 10:26 AM

Keep the little kiln. Replace the elements if necessary and get an external digital controller. If you ever move up to a bigger kiln, this little one will be great for tests and small batches. I've got a little Paragon like that hooked up to an Orton Auto Fire controller and I use it all the time, in addition to my big kilns.

 

Fire to cone 6. There's absolutely no need to work at cone 10. You'll just wear out your kiln faster. There are lots of great cone 6 porcelain bodies and glazes out there.