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  1. I just purchased a Skutt digital pyrometer and have no idea how to install it. I have a pyrometer hole punched in my kiln jacket. I know I'm supposed to drill a hole in there but how far do I insert this 7 inch thermocoupler? If I just insert it an inch or two it will fall out. Do I keep it in all during the firing process? There are some screws and wires attached to the end of the thermocoupler. What do I do with those? Sorry I am such a dummy about this. Any help most appreciated. Please address responses as if you were speaking to to a mentally challenged 6 year old so I have a chance of understanding! Thanks so much!
  2. Thank you both for your input. Neil, you hit the nail on the head with the corrosion issue. Electronics do not last long here, from what I can gather (recently moved here from Chicago!). Do you know what type of maintenance would be involved in preventing/eradicating corrosion? I am also near the ocean so we have the salt water in the air to consider, as well. I had decided to purchase a Skutt, and then when I read the posts about the L&L brand and its ceramic element holders, I changed my mind. But it doesn't appear to me that they make manual kilns anymore.
  3. Aloha. I am a newbie taking ceramic classes at a community center in Hawaii. I would like to purchase my own kiln and was wondering if anyone in Hawaii or other tropical paradises can give me feedback regarding manual versus electronic controllers in an electric kiln. Humidity often causes problems with electronic devices here and before I purchase a kiln I would really appreciate input from any fellow potters who have experience firing an electric kiln in the tropics. Mahalo nui loa (thanks very much!).
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