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In Topic: Adding A Lid Element

23 July 2015 - 07:50 PM

try these people



In Topic: Adding A Lid Element

23 July 2015 - 06:28 PM

I think that one bit of important info is missing when talking about the Olympic / Paragon kilns with a lid element that can go to ^10.  It is my understanding that the kilns with lid elements are dual media kilns, the lid element is used for low temp glass work but when firing above that it is not used. I'm thinking this is the optimal use for a lid element. It just doesn't make sense having a lid element for going to ^6, let alone ^10. There is a reason electric ceramic kilns don't come with lid elements.


From Olympic:

Quick Overview

DM2023HE 240 or 208 volt  Dual Media for firing ceramics and equipped with a lid element for fusing glass

Inside dimensions: 30" wide x 20" front-to-back x 24.5" deep, fires to cone 10/2350°F

Dual Media kilns are designed for the individual or business who works with multiple media.  The dual design for reaching high firing temperatures for stone ware, pottery, ceramics and the lid element for fusing glass provide the versatility needed. Oval dual media kilns are built with a 2" blank brick row in the first section of the kiln to protect the elements when loading and unloading the kiln.  All Dual Media models high fire to 2350°F and have a lid element to fuse glass.


From the Paragon site re one of their Janus kilns with lid element: 


The Paragon Janus-23 can fire both pottery and glass. Heating elements are mounted in the lid and sidewalls. Select between glass and pottery with the flip of a switch. With the switch in the glass position, heat comes from the top elements and the middle sidewall element. With the switch in the pottery position, heat comes from only the sidewall elements.

In the glass mode, fuse and sag large glass projects placed on a single shelf. In the pottery mode, fire to cone 10. You can also fire several shelves of smaller glass pieces using the pottery mode.

In Topic: Glaze Test Results

21 July 2015 - 03:00 PM




No, It's not in John's book. But it almost just like a Rutile Blue, or Hare's Blue recipe that I have.  It needs to be applied fairly thin and looks best with texture.  I have  put this recipe in Insight.  There was already a flowing green listed, so I named it Flowing Green 2.


Flowing Green 2


Neph. Syenite     47.44

Gerstley Borate   27.08

Silica                   20.06

EPK                       4.42


Copper Carb         9.12

R.I.O.                     4.56

Rutile                     9.12




my photographer has gone to camp, sorry.


100% certain that glaze is not going to be food safe with 9.12 copper.

In Topic: Kiln Controller V6-Cf Series 700 Issue What Happened How Do I Figure This Out?

19 July 2015 - 03:29 PM

Not sure I followed everything but there shouldn’t be any buzzing at the fuse / circuit breaker panel. 


Since you moved cables around and now there is no power try gently wiggling the twist lock cables etc to see if the power comes back on. You might be lucky and it might be where the cable attaches to the twist lock. As others have said circuit breakers are sometimes faulty, multimeter for a basic check.


If there is ample power going to the controller then it's likely a controller issue. This also would be checked with a multimeter. 


There are some really good informational repair videos on the Paragon site that might help if you are okay with doing more technical electrics if you find any pertain to your problem.


In Topic: Overfired Gas Kiln Today

17 July 2015 - 02:40 PM

time to buy a lottery ticket


i'm glad it went so well  :)