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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Sweet Pot in Old Damaged Kiln   
    I suggest replacing the lid and bottom before firing the kiln. They are available in firebrick and with care should last for many years. It sounds like your original lid and bottom are made of ceramic fiber.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P.,
    Mesquite, Texas USA
    ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from shawnhar in PEEPS, what are they good for   
    If you don't have a motorized vent, then peepholes are important. They allow moisture to leave the kiln. Moisture trapped in the kiln causes severe rusting, even on new kilns.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in PEEPS, what are they good for   
    If you don't have a motorized vent, then peepholes are important. They allow moisture to leave the kiln. Moisture trapped in the kiln causes severe rusting, even on new kilns.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Skutt model 181 kiln?   
    I think you will enjoy your Skutt 181. That's an interesting old kiln. One can learn a lot from firing a manual kiln.
    Your 181 might not need new elements. Check the elements with an ohmmeter. If they're okay, shrink them back into the grooves. Here is a video that shows how:
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
     
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from PotterPutter in SNF823 Paragon as first kiln   
    The kiln is in mint condition, judging from your photo. It's hardly been fired. I don't see any rust either.
    If it were my kiln, I would not upgrade it to a digital controller. The SetnFire is already automatic. The top switch is an infinite control; the second one is a switch-timer. With time remaining on the second switch, half the elements are powered. When time runs out on the second switch, all the elements are powered.
    The walls are 3", so you should be able to reach cone 10, provided your circuit has full voltage. In America, most potters don't fire hotter than cone 6. Cone 10 is hard on the kiln.
    By the way, I'm the one who created the text that is silk screened onto the switch box. It's fun to see that in far-away Australia.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Older kiln burning through elements   
    I'm very curious to know why your elements are burning out. Could you post photos of the failure points where they burn out? I'm curious about the element connectors.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
    ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Older kiln burning through elements   
    I'm very curious to know why your elements are burning out. Could you post photos of the failure points where they burn out? I'm curious about the element connectors.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
    ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Pres in Are these kilns worth repairing?   
    The kilns are in great shape.
    Eventually kilns will be sold as 1-to-3 phase, meaning you will be able to convert a single phase to 3 phase, and vice versa, easily and with simple tools.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Hulk in Potters Guild Development   
    Find two or three very enthusiastic people who would like to join your group. Unless they meet with resistance, that's all it will take to activate your group. A few highly motivated people can affect even a large group in a significant way. I've seen it happen many times.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
    ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from GEP in Potters Guild Development   
    Find two or three very enthusiastic people who would like to join your group. Unless they meet with resistance, that's all it will take to activate your group. A few highly motivated people can affect even a large group in a significant way. I've seen it happen many times.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
    ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
     
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    Arnold Howard reacted to liambesaw in Potters Guild Development   
    It may be worth it to name an art docent for your guild or a docent team depending on how large or in demand it is.  Our local schools here always lack art docents and it's because they typically rely on parent volunteers for it.  This is a good way to get younger people involved and interested in ceramics, and schools will be very thankful for anyone who can come in and either show students art, talk about art or art history and even give the kids little kits they can take home and do with their parents.  
    I've never met someone who built or made something with their hands who regretted doing it.  Just the introduction is enough sometimes to form a life long interest so take a page from Phillip morris and 'gittem while they're young'.
    Our potters guild in Washington is very hands off, there are some events but they're easy to miss.  If you're having trouble getting members to participate in events or meetings, try making up a Google survey and sending it out to all of the members so you can gauge reasons they aren't coming.  
    Myself, I don't attend the WCAA events because I have two kids and am constantly busy during the day, and on top of that have fairly crippling anxiety/autism issues.  I know a few other artists who are similar, I don't know if there's a connection between artists and anxiety or if it's just the weather up here but it seems pretty common hah!
    Anyway, in order to stay relevant I think you need to have a multi pronged approach.  Arts are barely glanced at in a lot of schools now and the average age of potters seems to be climbing pretty steadily, but at the same time you need to get the people who are already there with you to actively participate as well.
    I think a survey might help you determine what the main issues are as far as current members go and maybe start you down the path of catering these events and meetings to the needs of the prolitariat.
    One more tip, since you seem to be part of the leadership or at least have their ear, contact other state guilds and see what they are doing and if they are having the same issues, it's not always a direct solution but seeing or hearing from them may help craft a new angle or seed ideas that you may not have been exposed to before.
    That said, I am just a curious and eager young man and all of the words above are just that curiosity and eagerness coming through, I have no experience in leading an organization or trying to cater to the most common denominator so the politics of it all is way above my head. 
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Test firing electric kiln   
    Were the cones placed directly on the floor of the kiln? This would explain why the bottom cones are underfired. The floor of the kiln is difficult to heat, because the floor is a heavy thermal mass that requires a lot more energy to heat than the center of the kiln.
    Arnold Howard
    ahoward@paragonweb.com
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Babs in Mystery firing problem. Not for the faint of heart.   
    Maria, make sure the lid is closed all the way and the peephole plugs are inserted since you are using a downdraft vent.
    Have you changed batches of clay lately?
    Are you using witness cones?
    Could you post a sketch or photos of the way you are loading the kiln? It would be interesting to see the spacing, in inches, between shelves.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Mystery firing problem. Not for the faint of heart.   
    Maria, make sure the lid is closed all the way and the peephole plugs are inserted since you are using a downdraft vent.
    Have you changed batches of clay lately?
    Are you using witness cones?
    Could you post a sketch or photos of the way you are loading the kiln? It would be interesting to see the spacing, in inches, between shelves.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Benzine in Skutt kiln long firing   
    If the thermocouple disintegrated due to wear, then the elements are probably getting weaker, too. That would cause the longer firing.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from sprig2 in Paragon QF fiber kiln   
    I don't recommend firing directly on the QuikFire IV fiber bottom. A shelf would last much longer. Paragon no longer sells the 4" x4" shelf. But we can cut a shelf down to that size for you. If you are interested, please send an email to info@paragonweb.com. Laura will answer.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Benzine in Well, There's Your Problem!   
    Sometimes the shelf with melted, embedded clay becomes a work of art.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Well, There's Your Problem!   
    Sometimes the shelf with melted, embedded clay becomes a work of art.
    Arnold Howard
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    Arnold Howard reacted to Benzine in Well, There's Your Problem!   
    Counting?  Save that for those egghead mathematicians, am I right?
    So do I need to use different elements, or have the outlet wired differently?
     
    Also, have you seen something melted quite like that before?
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Pres in Well, There's Your Problem!   
    The second firebrick bottom saves electricity.
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in General Kiln Questions   
    As long as the shelves are stored in a dry area, humidity won't be a concern.
    You shouldn't let dust get onto the kiln. The dust could settle into the switch box and cause the electrical components to overheat. I suggest that when the kiln is not in use, cover it to keep out the dust, and keep it disconnected from the power.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Mike.Kelly in General Kiln Questions   
    As long as the shelves are stored in a dry area, humidity won't be a concern.
    You shouldn't let dust get onto the kiln. The dust could settle into the switch box and cause the electrical components to overheat. I suggest that when the kiln is not in use, cover it to keep out the dust, and keep it disconnected from the power.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Rae Reich in Paragon QF fiber kiln   
    The kiln is the QuikFire IV. We eventually discontinued that kiln because the larger 6" x 6" x 6" became more popular.
    The QuikFire IV will reach 1,000F in five minutes, so you have to be very careful not to overfire the kiln. Please do not let the kiln get hotter than 2,000°F.
    The instruction manual:
    http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM110-Quikfire_Inst_&_Service_Manual.pdf
    I hope you enjoy the kiln as much as I have.
    Sincerely,
    Arnold Howard / Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
     
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from Rae Reich in Electric Kiln & Fire Sprinklers   
    According to my notes, red is rated to 325-375F.
    You should be with your kiln during operation. If the sprinkler system is activated while you are away, the damage to the building could be costly. I've heard of schools in Texas that were flooded because of sprinkler heads that were activated by kilns.
    Sincerely,
     
    Arnold Howard
    Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
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    Arnold Howard got a reaction from EFirnkes in Questions about an Old Paragon Kiln   
    I love the pictures you posted. Your kiln appears to be in mint condition. Judging from the outside of the kiln, it has been taken care of and will probably give you many years of useful life.
    You can test the kiln with these instructions:
    http://paragonweb.com/ManualInfo.cfm?CID=197
    Sincerely,
     
    Arnold Howard / Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
    ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
     
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