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  1. Unless I missed it I didn't see a budget mentioned and at first you were talking specific models like you were going to buy new and then switched to the used one. Nothing wrong with used but I would decide what kiln I wanted/needed and then match the kiln to that. Used or new kilns last a really long time and if its not too small you might end up with whatever you pick essentially forever. If it was a business you might upgrade but since its a hobby you might never want to spend the money again. For instance in addition to size you might like\want an electronic controller and if you ar
  2. Yep, we use JG6. I made a white stoneware for a bit with a blue bird stainless mixer and pugged it and it used NS in its recipe and and then switched after about a year when I got tired of making it. Over the years I just stopped worrying about it but now that you bring this up it does seem like it has kind of been the same for years now. Maybe my pitting stopped whit the switch and just didn't notice.. If that' true then I could have a problem soon because we have been having it shipped from Tacoma and it raises the cost to 75 cents a pound. I can source porcelain locally for more like
  3. I get the the OPs is stainless but just want to add to Mark C, our PP is a dozen years old now, is pitted, not stainless, we use porcelain, never clean it out but use it almost daily these days and have never found anything coming off in the clay while throwing or slabbing. I would guess that maybe something else was in the clay and being attributed to it possibly? I've always wondered if it might pit in a way that is keeps from getting a good vacuum seal but so far never had any issues with it. I was pissed about it at first but now we have gotten enough use out of it that I really can't
  4. I wonder if you may have inadvertently set the hold to 10 hours not minutes and such a long hold at such a high temp created the error conditions. I did that once and had to just turn the kiln off instead of a controlled cool down when I saw it come up with 20:00 instead of 20 but was standing there waiting for it to complete and start cool down. So sorry this happened to you. Can't tell you how many times over the past dozen years I have been tempted to just go to bed when I started the kiln so late in the day and it was scheduled to end in the middle of the night. I have thought about
  5. Two things I would maybe add to your considerations. First, size. If you have the power and money then going bigger is prob a good thing when going from a smallish 2-3 cf to say a 7 cf (E23) but going up to 10 cf (the E28) you may want to think it through. We have a an oval that is close to 10 cf and a 7 cf Skutt 1027. There is a difference in the number of pots they hold so unless you want to fire partial loads (most people I think recommend not doing that often as things fire different) then you might want to think about how often you will want to fire. It really depends on what you are
  6. Thanks everyone! I do always doubt high dollar venues for handmade because what we really sell is time and being 40-50 hours in the hole before you sell anything is hard to overcome. If you just order stuff it much easier for cash positive to actually be worth it. The getting a bid threw me but I guess they have lots of add ons. Not feeling it at this point but will take GEPs advice and check the local one out in the Spring if the virus is fading.
  7. I was gathering information on home and garden shows in Texas and while going through the website I was directed to a link "Get a booth quote". I have never seen anything like this before but we have never done a HG show before either. On the surface it seems weird like you are being sized up for how much you can pay before they give you a price. It seems like when you get there you would be left wondering how fair your charges were. Is the booth next to you paying half as much or twice as much as you. On the surface I just hate not just seeing a price list for vendors. Would appreciate any fe
  8. yeah I know, what weird thing for people to use to assert their rights. Can't wait for a vac so we can put this thing behind us. Hopefully someday soon we will all come together as a country.
  9. of course the problem is that we need others to wear a mask or none of us can do anything.
  10. We bought a Peter Pugger before they started making stainless steel ones to handle porcelain (at least for the model we had, VM9) and I have left it full of porcelain for over a dozen years now and while the inside does have some pitting there is not any rust at all. I think I have cleaned it once since we got it and that was such a pain that I just decided if the pitting caused the thing to not de-air properly I would just send it back and have it fitted with the stainless steel. Never even thought about rust. Because of my experience I am not even sure that the rust has anything to do with p
  11. Congrads, bet you have a blast. Which one did you get?
  12. I am blown away, it sure sounded like a show where they were just collecting money from vendors and that hardly anyone would show up. Wow, for people to actually go to a website and signup for a time to go to a fair in any numbers just really surprises me. Of course the B side of this is that I hope no one go really sick because they did it. To me that's the rub on all of these kinds of things. We all know the risk are really high for a very small percentage of people and doing these kinds of things right now just seems a little off and a product of people just not wanting to accept real
  13. understood. Yeah I get that and of course respect someone not wanting their numbers out there. She's anon but maybe she thinks someone will figure it out. Do appreciate the rest of the write up. We are spending our covid down time trying to add some new products and re-launch our website with actual marketing this time :-) Even ball park numbers would help in deciding on some of these virtual pop-ups. Most just sound like a $200-400 (fees I've seen) shot in the dark. I worry that you could sign up for 2 or three and just end up being negative as well as out the time. I know GEP is having
  14. wonderful write up, thanks! Its unfortunate she won't tell us 50% of what as it still leaves me no feeling of whether its worth even trying one or not. I wonder why giving a net number felt wrong to her?
  15. yeah I think they take out the sign up times and lower the booth fee they get both some vendors and some customers to give it a go. At $400 though I bet its canceled.
  16. put me down for thinking its a great discussion as well. We all want our lives back and our shows happening again. Ya know while it is disheartening that there are those who still refuse to help us all out by wearing a mask I will say the mandate has made a huge difference in my area. Before my city passed the ordinance I would go to Lowes and I mean there were a handful of old people wearing mask, including the clerks and managers. That was particularly annoying because I had to deal with them. Now I go to Lowes and 99% if not 100% are all wearing them. Sure there's the burly tough guy with
  17. Ya know I may have spoken out of turn as I fire cone 6 electric electric (cone 5 with 20 minute hold) not gas but I do have a 20 minute hold at top temp although I did program those firing schedule 10 years ago so maybe it drops before the hold, to be honest I just reuse the schedule and haven't paid attention to it in years other than to make sure the schedule is complete and drop starts. Early on we were having various glaze issues just firing to cone 6. Did a lot of reserach at the time and played around with various hold times and landed on 20 minutes with our glazes and pretty much all ou
  18. in what way? Have always had a 20 minute hold and never had an issue and when we started doing it it really helped across the board on glaze issues. Hey OP you said you did a bisque firing a while back, did you clean up the pots before you glazed them ?
  19. yeah figured as much, didn't really save much space anyway. Will go back to plan a. All good suggestions!
  20. This is $60 at harbor freight and I am thinking of just removing the stand and sitting the kiln on about 6 2" kiln post for a little airflow, on the shelf. The kiln with controller is 23 x27 and the cart shelf is 24x36. Wonder if the bottom bricks get hot enough to melt the shelf if theres a gap? The desc say heavy duty sheet steal and steel is supposed to melt around 2500f-2700f. Smokies stainless steel is supposed to be good to closer to 3000f. Hate cutting cement board as it wipes out my blade whenever I do it but will if I get a negative reaction here. Neil does that sound ok o
  21. Fantastic solution! It is more pricey than I want to spend right now but slick. I am going over to Harbor freight and check out carts. Thanks!
  22. one thing they may tap into though is the community aspect of it, particularily if the money is going toward something local, if they just do what they know and keep the pitch local and not try to reach a huge audience that does'nt care if they are sucessful or not.
  23. Will be interesting to hear how it turns out. I am skeptical since as the OP said, they dont have any experience. Just seems like a completly different business model and no reason to believe they will be able to just dial it in. Even if a hundred booths roll a couple hundred of the booth fees into this thats may 10-12k for advertising. Not much fot internet marketing.
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