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    timbo_heff got a reaction from Pres in Kiln Repair Advice for a Novice   
    Wow. that is rough! I agree with Neil et al: not worth the trouble and expense: if you want a small kiln for hobby pottery at home you can get a nice, brand new little Evenheat that will be fun and satisfying for about the same money as fixing that one: Thinking of something like the Evenheat RMII 1413 : nice kiln: small money, no fuss! Evenheat RM II 1413 Cone 8 Kiln | Sheffield Pottery Kilns (sheffield-pottery.com)
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    timbo_heff got a reaction from neilestrick in Bought a Paragon A88B kiln and could like a controller   
    I like the Olympic Electrositter. Pop off the Kiln sitter: put this where the kiln sitter was, connect a couple wires: pretty easy!
    By default it comes with the capable Bartlett 3 key controller but for small money you can select the 12 key version: much friendlier or even the newest Bartlett Touch wifi enabled controller:  Electro Sitter | Kiln Controller | Sheffield Pottery (sheffield-pottery.com)
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    timbo_heff reacted to neilestrick in Kiln Size Question   
    Yeah, it all depends on what you want to make. I make some fat 12 pound lidded jars, and they'll fit in there. But I also do some tall narrow vases and they get to more like 18", so I'd have to really watch that and tailor the pots to fit the kiln. For most hobby potters it's not an issue, though. I'd say that 98% of the pots I make would fit no problem.
    Paragon has had mid-height kilns for a really long time. Most of the older kilns of that height use a blank row in the middle, which I'm not a big fan of since the middle is where the thermocouple is, and is also the area where we tend to pack the kiln tighter. It's better to have every row powered.
    L&L only offers 22.5" tall kilns in the Easy Fire series. They'd probably be willing to build one one, though.
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    timbo_heff reacted to blackthorn in New kiln owner with questions   
    Thanks for the helpful info and you're right, a grand is not cheap.  Like Mark said, it's also a bit overkill.  I do like the idea of the Olympic Electrositter.  Something I may look into when I've spent some more time firing this unit.
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    timbo_heff got a reaction from neilestrick in New kiln owner with questions   
    Couple ways to digitize a kiln sitter kiln:  Skutt Wall Mount controller is great but not cheap ($1000+), but the Olympic Electrositter is great too and close to half money: You can get it with 3 key, 12 key or even the Genesis touch Kiln controller. pretty easy too: take off kiln sitter and replace with the Electrositter: just a couple wires; . Electric Kiln Controller | Digital Kiln Controller (sheffield-pottery.com)
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    timbo_heff got a reaction from neilestrick in Skutt kiln is heating unevenly   
    Stacking loose and tall down low and tight and small up high can help single zone kilns fire more evenly too!
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    timbo_heff got a reaction from Rae Reich in How to stop stamp sticking to clay   
    An easy trick is a plastic grocery bag: : works nice for signing leather clay with a dull pencil too!
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    timbo_heff got a reaction from Clay Butterfly in Shimpo Wheel Starts Making A Shirking Noise,   
    They often make a noise that is easy to fix: take off the head: if you see a round metal cover that the shaft goes through: slip  take that off, put a little grease on it, or if you don't have any: use your finger to pick up a little grease from the bearings there and rub it on the underside of that disc. It doesn't take much.
    When that disc gets a little dry, it spins with the head rotation and rubs there: common shimpo squeak even on new ones,
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    timbo_heff reacted to Stephen in Air Release Mold Dies   
    Thanks again Mark for the input, was greatly appreciated. A shout out to George Ullrich at Sheffield Pottery, he helped me source Ceramical on the west coast so I was able to go with it without having to pay three times the cost.
    Shipping 1 or 2 50lb bags around the country can sure get expensive.
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    timbo_heff reacted to Mudlark in temp for opening kiln?   
    Dunting is a firing/cooling fault and occurs at the cristobalite inversion temp of 226 deg C and at the siica inversion temp of 573 deg C, Dunting is not a glaze fault.It occurs in unglazed ware during both bisque and higher firings.It is one of the major problems to be considered when formulating flame proof bodies.
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