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    Merritt BC Canada
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    Love our horses and it reflects in the pottery.

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  1. I have also been looking at some used kilns as well. Just saw a 3 year old Skutt 1231 for $3300 cdn. Trying to find out more about it and asked for photos of the decal plate and interior. I understand that it would be a PK kiln as that is all Skutt lists. That kiln sure draws power but it hold almost twice what my 1027 does.
  2. Here is a link for changing the thermocouple. They use a screw gun but I think on the thermocouple I would use a screwdriver .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgNo_PwTyt4
  3. Hi Bill, Sounds like you have done a few conversions. I like the idea of a tall control box with the relays and heat sinks at the bottom. I was planning on using a mechanical contractor to feed the 3 zone relays . If I kiln mount the conversion I may remove the existing boxes,switches ect and start with a whole new case up, wall mount I would just tie into the switch location and bypass the rest. I do like the idea of a clean start and strip the kiln back. I have a Skutt 1027 that is in great shape and just changed the elements. Any experience with the lower priced SSR on Amazon? I like DigiKey but their SSR is $133 cdn for the Crydon but Amazon has some for $25 with the same specs. Will there be much difference in the element life between the sitter or a controller, I know the sitter uses 3 of the elements more but they do not get cycled like a controller. My other option I might look at is just getting a new Skutt or L&L kiln, but a custom control system that I am thinking of would give less problems with the SSR and save a lot of $$. Not in a rush for this project yet as I want to do it right and safe but it still has to be worth it for the money.
  4. Was thinking, could run inside a conduit with all the other cables, or the flex conduit. Would that interfere with the TC signals?
  5. Wall mount definitely will keep the controller and relays cooler but there are a lot of wires to the kiln for a 3 zone system.. Great video posted Bill, Thank you.
  6. Could use these with the heat sink and mount so the heat sink is outside the control box but they are not a double pole relay.
  7. Kicking around the idea of getting rid of the sitter and build in a Genesis 3 zone controller on my Skutt kiln. Looking into solid state relays for a longer relay life span and less issues. Anyone run these on there kiln? I know they cost 3 -4 times as much but if they last it would be worth it. Looking at maybe using there for each zone.
  8. The butter is packed into the bottom and is glazed inside and out except the under side. The top is thrown upside down like a bowl then trimmed and a knob added, It is glazed except for the bottom edge so it can sit on the shelf. I could add a thicker rolled rim on the edge but it is not the look I am trying for.
  9. Thanks Min. I will try and make some " washers" and fire them under the lids, hopefully that will work. Good memory remembering I use M340. I guess reclaim clay would be fine to use for them. I find it does not throw as well but would have no problems making the "washers" with it on the wheel.
  10. I have an issue with the butter dish lids that I make, they will at time warp out of round on a cone 6 glaze fire. The lids can not be fired on the bottoms because I gaze the bottoms inside and out. I try to place the bell lids in the center of the shelf with other items around to help heat from all sides but this does not always work. I was thinking of making some round disks to set the tops on so that hopefully they will heat and shrink the same instead of on a shelf. Can I reuse these disks for several cone 6 firing or would they be problems to fire several times at cone 6. Was also thinking of covering them with a kiln wash encase the glaze creeps at all. Would it help if I had groves in the disk to help hold the tops in shape or would a flat disk be best. Thought I would ask as I am sure someone has had the same issues and found some answers. Here is a pic of the butter dishes before I bisque them assembled.
  11. The only thing I still have to figure out is how to keep more of the trimming off the floor. Built a shield for the wheel that helps but still does not get it all. I see in the above picture the use of a towel draped into the wheel pan, will try that as well.
  12. We do the same , replace the item and ship at no cost to the customer
  13. After 4 years of trimming I purchased a Griffin Gripp and love it. There are things I do not use it for but to me it is worth it. The tabs on the bottom can be finicky to get in the right place but it should be tight on the wheel head and not on a bat. Look closely at the tab settings they are small to read and might need a magnifying glass. Make sure they are all set exactly the same, don't give up on it yet and make it fit the wheel head correctly. Only issue I have had is sometimes when I run the holders all the way in one of the holder jam or get out of line.
  14. B But they sure tried to sell the extra insurance to me. The parcels get handles rough during Christmas time so we don't usually ship around then. Now everyone is buying on line so I will start to package bombproof. Most items now will each get there own box or cardboard around and then boxed together to ship to the customer.
  15. Had 3 orders smashed with Canad postal service in a week, only had 3 orders in 4 years before this. Can't believe they managed to shatter mugs, never had a mug broken before and I wrap them better than ever. Anyone finding a higher rate of breakage with shipping lately?
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