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  1. I recently got a new (to me) kiln and find myself with a few niggling questions. It has a manual kiln-sitter shut off: 1) the kiln manual says to fire it with the top peep out. However, I have a down draft vent, and I am wondering if this would create too much airflow? If I do fire it with the peep out, should I close the peep for cooling after the kiln reaches temperature and shuts off? 2) my glazes were more glossy, and less matte, in my old kiln. I am thinking that the old one perhaps cooled more quickly because it was a smaller kiln with thinner bricks/ not so much insulation. If I glaze fire it with the top peep out and the vent on, might this help bring back some glossiness? Should I leave the peep out and vent on during all or part of the cooling? Or would this create problems because of too much airflow during cooling? Thanks for any thoughts or feedback.....
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