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  1. Hi all, first time posting. I recently aquired and olympic 1818HE with a Bartlett rtc1000 controller on it. I know the controller is made more for glass or heat treating kilns but have seen it used for ceramics without problem. I had a few error codes in my first two firings, the first was e3 during my final hold at cone 04. The code chart states that the temp fell 50* below final hold temp during the hold and the chart says that’s a relay failure. I did a full power test at r9999 to f1000 and all of the elements glowed a beautiful red. I assumed that because the kiln lives in a metal shed outside that because of a cold front that blew in that night and a peep hole being open, it was a fluke. So I loaded a glaze round and set a hold for two hours at 200 to ensure my glaze was dry before going to cone 05. The kiln then threw error code e1 saying the ramp speed was less than 12* per hour. I believe based on the amount of time between check ins, that the kiln didn’t make it above 300* I did another full power test tonight and the elements all looked great. But when the temp got to ~300* the elements all shut off and the temperature started changing between 230-310 and in between rather rapidly. The elements never turned back on but the kiln wasn’t off. Im thinking this is all a thermocouple issue but could use some advice.
  2. Hi everyone, I recently took the plunge and got myself a new Skutt 818 kiln. I set it up and started a test fire like they recommended in the manual. But while it was firing, I noticed a gap between the lid and the main body. I'm not sure if it's a fitting issue and if I have a defective model but I wanted to get opinions from those who have more experiences with kilns before contacting the dealership. In the last image of the two bars, the bottom bar is not perfectly sitting parallel to the body of the kiln so I'm wondering if that's the cause of the issue. Should I send it back or get it repaired? Thank you all for your replies!
  3. Hi there, I'm finally at the stage in my pottery journey where I think buying a kiln would be a worthwhile investment. I've been scouring the internet for several months with no success until I got an offer to buy an old kiln: Skutt Model C181 with all the furniture and other accessories. I already went to check it out in person and the condition was fairly good considering that it was 30 year old kiln but he was asking for $950 CAD which I brought down to $700 CAD. I don't mind buying a used kiln to learn more about firing and glazing but I also don't want to overpay for it. I live in Canada so there's not a lot of pottery equipment for sale but I am willing to pass on this if it's a bad deal. Here are the images from the seller down below: Thank you so much for all your help
  4. How long will an average kiln being fired twice a month to bisque and cone 6 last? I know there are incredible variables and you can never be sure. Elements need replacing, fuses blow, thermacouples need replacing. It is different from kiln to kiln. I can't seem to find a rough average or generalization anywhere online. I'm mostly just curious! Any input is great!
  5. Hi! I had just bought myself a used pottery wheel, a Thomas Stuart kick wheel just like in the image with the motor attachment and everything. When I originally picked it up the owner showed me how the motor worked, but as I am reassembling the wheel in my backyard I can't get the motor to work. Any help or suggestions would be super appreciated since I really know nothing about motors! Happy to take pictures or anything else. Thanks for reading, Noah
  6. Hi everyone! I have taken a few throwing classes and am in love. I really want to purchase a wheel, but I noticed they can go for quite a hefty price. Does anyone have any budget friendly wheels they can recommend? Greatly appreciate it :)
  7. Folks, no one has posed a new question in the QotW pool, so once again. . . I'll try to come up with one that will interest. Lately we have had questions on about using commercial materials, and other things so it seemed obvious to ask about where you buy. So. .. . . QotW: How far away is your main supplier for all things Ceramic? I get my clay shipped in from Standard Ceramics to Tyrone, which is 115 miles. I usually order #2k at a time, and when I do I also order glaze materials that I may need. On occasion I do travel to Pittsburgh to visit the store, and shop other places in the area. This is my closest full supplier, but there are a few others as close as Johnstown, but I prefer to deal direct from Pittsburgh as I have been with them since the 70's. When it comes to equipment, I have ordered from all over, usually best price, and free shipping if available. My Brent wheel was ordered from a firm in Florida that had a special on free shipping with a good price. I also order tools and bats etc from Bailey Ceramics in NY state, and have been to their store a few times over the years. So once again, I ask: QotW: How far away is your main supplier for all things Ceramic? Best, Pres
  8. have inherited a Gare Kiln Model # 1210 Serial # 10.7.84 hertz 60 volts 240 watts 3120 Amperes 13 inf phase single and I need your help pricing it. It’s better than used condition but not new. I would say used 5 times total and has the stand, all working parts, etc. I have someone wanting to buy it, but I can’t find any information online to compare too. Please help your girl out!
  9. Hi folks, once again no questions in the QotW question pool, but I will attempt to raise another once again. I was making a list of parts I needed to repair my kiln the other day, and had taken off the switch panel of the L& L and taking a few pictures made determinations on the web site using the serial # of the kiln to choose replacement parts. I also had checked into areas of if this burns out, replace it, but also replace x, y. or z. This got me to thinking about the types of things that have made me grow experience wise in the HS studio, and in the shop at home. . . making repairs! I know that many out there have a handy better half that do repairs, others have friends or other potters nearby always handy to fix something or at least lead the way. Still others out there will call in a specialist to repair the kiln, fix the wheel or such. Over the years I have found that my understanding of the equipment is often better than some of the so called specialists that I have had looking at things. Not going further. . . QotW: When something breaks down, how do you deal with it? best, Pres
  10. Hi ! I am so glad I found this forum. I am trying to kick start a ceramic club. Here at our facility we have our Kiln room that is fully equipped, completed with endless amount of supplies. I really hit the mother load, however this room has not been utilized in ten(10) years or so. We have EVERYTHING, but nothing has an expiration date. I've been into ceramics since high school, unfortunately this is just something I am not familiar with. Most of our supplies are either Mayco or Duncan Bisque, I might call customer service to check with them about their under glazes, glazes, paints and such. But if you have any tips, advice on anything that might help. We have our kiln that is practically brand new it just needs love. Also does anyone know if porcelain or earthenware that has been here that long is still good to use and if so how to give it life. I know this is a lot, any help is welcomed thank you in advanced
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