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  1. That is a great question. I remember something about a change in kilns in 2004. My serial number is 011904-H. If I am reading that right that is January 19, 2004. Is that correct? I am new to all of this. I will look to see if I can find which elements I should be using. You may be correct though since the elements seemed about 6 inches too short when I installed them.
  2. I did a slow bisque to cone 06 which should take 12.73 hours. I did not have a preheat or a hold at the top temperature. Could the addition of greenware add 3 hours to the cycle? I did find my invoice from the elements and relays. I used six L&L E23t Elements SS 240V, 1-p and three Relay 30 amp 12V. I am going to have a friend who is a master electrician (not the one who installed my electric for the kiln) check the power supply and kiln on Friday to see if he can find an issue.
  3. I changed the relays when I did the thermocouples and elements, but I have not confirmed if they are working. Maybe I should do a paper burn test to see if everything is firing. I kind of wish I had not bought a used kiln. Perhaps I have inherited someone else’s problems:)
  4. Oops I forgot to say, thank you so much for your help!!
  5. I had it wired professionally by an electrician who had experience with kiln installations. I do not recall whether it is 208 or 240 volt service, but I remember that we did the one that is called for. I am not sure how to check the relays. Perhaps I need another visit from an electrician to check things over.
  6. I bought a used 15 year old E-23 t kiln that was in good physical shape but needed new thermocouples, new heating elements, and a new vent system. I replaced them with new ones and now I am trying to get the kiln working. I did a bisque fire to cone 06 with a kiln that is filled but not packed tight by any means, and it took 16 hours to complete. Is this typical or is there still something wrong with the kiln? Any insight would be great.
  7. Awesome, thanks so much!! I really appreciate your help.
  8. Thank you both. This is all new to me so I appreciate your valuable insight. Do I need to hold at cone 04 for a certain amount of time?
  9. After a long absence due to medical reasons I am now in the process of changing the elements. The elements took hours to remove since they were brittle and came out in one inch sections or less most of the time. I am shocked they were still in one piece and could fire at all. I think I have finally gotten to the bottom of the problem. I will do a bisque fire tomorrow unless there is some procedure I should undergo since my elements are brand new. I also have replaced the relays and the thermocouples. I hope the kiln works after all of this.
  10. The bowl in the back is mine. What is your clay short refer to?
  11. LT, While Since I am making ragged rims now I may try to make one tonight to see if I can get it all the way around the bowl. As you said, when I know more I may want this to happen. Right now I am working on smooth lines, thinner bases, and symmetry.
  12. Pres, that certainly could be. I’ll have to see tonight if that is happening.
  13. Mark, thanks so much for your advice. I have definitely not been compressing my lip after each upward pull.
  14. Jeff, I am being pretty careful not to let the clay fold over, but I appreciate the thought and will double check when I clay tonight to make sure I am not doing this.
  15. Johnny, that is a great idea. I had to crop the picture, I just installed a photo resize so now more of the bowl can be seen. I wish the “problem” circled the whole rim but it does not. I may still fire it with the castle wall motif, but since it does not I may try to trim it to even out the bowl. I am still very new to this, but I absolutely love attempting pottery.
  16. No the lip of the rim is splitting as I pull it up and out. I agree with what the others have said that I am not compressing the rim and I am definitely going too fast.
  17. Thanks to both of you for your help. I will try what you suggest.
  18. I tried attaching a picture but the draconian size limit has defeated me. Let me give it another go. Thanks for your help by the way.
  19. I am fairly new to pottery, and I am having an issue. When I throw a bowl about half the time the rim is split and jagged. What am I doing wrong?
  20. I’ll order some more tomorrow and wire it all back up when they arrive. Thanks so much for your help Neil. I’ll keep throwing pottery in the meantime.
  21. Could this be the issue? I have nothing to go by, so I would love for others to way in, but these could be the problem I am having.
  22. Thanks for the vote of confidence! I’ll see what I can do.
  23. Neilestrick, thank you so much for this informatuion. I had no idea about the ability to see the total number of firings. I know the elements were replaced two years ago so I don’t think it will be able to give me the number I need, but it will still be interesting to see the total number of firings. I plan on tracking future firings in the way that you indicate. I have a multi-meter on the way from Amazon, so that will give me lots of good info when it arrives. I have the original manual so that is also a help. I will find a good kiln tech if I can’t easily detect and correct the problem myse
  24. Hitchmss, Thanks so much for your reply. I used the quick-fire slow glaze cone 6 program so no worries on that account. The literature says it should fire in 7.53 hours but that may be lengthened by a full kiln, but certainly not to 13 hours with an error message thrown in. I have a multi-meter on the way from Amazon and will check the elements’ resistance when it comes. The kiln was wired by a master electrician who did it to code with 6 gauge wire into a 60 amp breaker, so that is not the issue. The idea of a local kiln repair technician is a good idea, but obviously will cost a bit. You get
  25. I recently acquired a used 15 year old or so L&L E23t (2.5 inch brick) kiln with a Dynatrol. I have done three bisque fires (cone 06) and three slow glaze fires (cone 6). The bisque fires have gone well but the glaze firings took 9 hours (with just test tiles since I mixed my own glaze), 10.5 hours (with 8 pieces inside) and 13 hours with an error message and stopped program with a full kiln. The max temp reached in the last firing was 2150 or so. I did a paper test and all the elements are working. The person I bought the kiln from said that the elements were two years old. I am brand ne
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