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  1. I was thinking the same thing. Knowing the approximate shrink rate of the body you could potentially throw a number of versions at slightly different sizes and take the most accurate one in the end. Without the dimensional accuracy requirement, it would be much simpler, even to go the moulding / slip casting route. Jeff.
  2. I'd say they both look like nice capable kilns. The Baily's kiln being a re-branded Cone Art kiln does mean something to me anyway. I guess you should also ask what is the after purchase support and warranty like? I can say first hand that Cone Art / Tucker pottery is amazing. I'm just over 30 minutes away from Tuckers and every time I drop in with questions they're amazing. It definitely makes a difference to me. I've got a first generation Cone Art 1822 (before they started chopping them into 3 pieces.) Has been pretty reliable so far... It's got the 2.5" brick with 1" insulation. I'd say the main advantage is weight. Now I know that generally speaking once you place your kiln, you don't move it so it may not be important to you. It was to me when I was installing it. I guess you may also pay a bit less for a kiln with 2.5" brick and insulation over a 3.5" brick only. I have my doubts regarding the performance of one over the other. I like the multi point attachment for the lid on the Cone Art as well. Spreads out the stress on the lid. Mine being an older kiln before they started building with the new hinge design has a bit of twisting torque on it when propped open which I don't like. Not sure how the L&L design compares. Ultimately though; outside of getting both and testing them out side by side, if they both perform comparably well then it is going to boil down to which one makes you happy. My vote is go with the Cone Arts/Bailey. But I'm biased. (by my experience) Jeff.
  3. The temperature was simply a recommendation based on the clay body I was using. Who knows, maybe this accidental 06 bisque is a blessing in disguise. I may find after glazing and firing that it's a perfect bisque temperature. Guess I will find out soon enough. Jeff.
  4. The glaze I'm using is normally brushed on with 3 coats so I think I'll have a bit more control over it as opposed to dunking. Last time I glazed something that was slightly damp, the glaze just ran off in the kiln so I'm hesitant to try out your technique. I guess it would depend on the glaze and body. So many variables... I'm using a small cone in the sitter. The sitter was definitely out of adjustment. As I purchased the kiln used, it happened to be missing it's little metal adjusting plate which is used to properly set the bar and weight position. So I had no idea it was so far out. I'm luck enough to live 35 minutes from Tuckers Pottery (the makers of the Cone Art brand of kilns.) I spent some time over there speaking with them which helped out. Thanks for your input. Jeff.
  5. Hi there, I'm new to the forums, have been lurking for a while but finally decided to sign up and add one more username and password which I will have difficulty remembering to my long list of the same... I've been doing pottery on and off for years but only recently have I finished (almost finished) setting up my new studio space and decided to pursue pottery full time. I'm the type that likes to jump into things with both feet and as such have just completed my first bisque firing in my new-to-me kiln. It's an old cone arts kiln with a kiln sitter. It underfired as I didn't have the sitter adjusted properly. It fired approximately 2 cones too low. Fired to about cone 06 when it should have fired to cone 04. My quesiton to the experts here in the forum... What are your thoughts on glazing and firing underfired bisque in electric cone 6 ox. I'd prefer to not have to re-bisque fire. My only thoughts are to be concerned with my glaze application being too thick due to the under-vitrification of the body and maybe to consider a slower firing schedule to be sure the bisque has off-gassed as much of it's carbon content as possible before the final glaze fire temp? Am I heading for a kiln full of offerings to the kiln gods? I've always had others to help with the firing so at this point, the science of firing is all new to me. Just the way I like it. Thanks, Jeff.
  6. Hi there, Just a heads up that I've sent you a private message regarding your kiln conversion. It's not quite related to the topic hence the reason for not posting it here. I don't want to hijack your thread. Thanks! Jeff.
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