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I need help firing a manual kiln for a project I'm working on. I have only fired an electric digital kiln and need some assistance.

 

The project I need fired are coil built cylinders to be fired to a cone 6. I would like to go slow as these works were created by 6-8th graders. some have sculptural pieces incorporated on the cylinders. The size is 15" dia x 5"-6" tall. Thanks!

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I need help firing a manual kiln for a project I'm working on. I have only fired an electric digital kiln and need some assistance.

 

The project I need fired are coil built cylinders to be fired to a cone 6. I would like to go slow as these works were created by 6-8th graders. some have sculptural pieces incorporated on the cylinders. The size is 15" dia x 5"-6" tall. Thanks!

 

 

Do you have a sitter/timer?

If so put the cone in the sitter.

Turn the kiln on very low, maybe just the bottom burner and let it heat over night. Slowly turn the other (Usually three in total) burners on but at a very low temp.

Let them heat for 2-3 hours.

Slowly turn the kiln up giving it plenty of time to heat very slowly.

Do the entire process very slowly. Usually the slow over night heat will do the trick.

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I need help firing a manual kiln for a project I'm working on. I have only fired an electric digital kiln and need some assistance.

 

The project I need fired are coil built cylinders to be fired to a cone 6. I would like to go slow as these works were created by 6-8th graders. some have sculptural pieces incorporated on the cylinders. The size is 15" dia x 5"-6" tall. Thanks!

 

 

Do you have a sitter/timer?

If so put the cone in the sitter.

Turn the kiln on very low, maybe just the bottom burner and let it heat over night. Slowly turn the other (Usually three in total) burners on but at a very low temp.

Let them heat for 2-3 hours.

Slowly turn the kiln up giving it plenty of time to heat very slowly.

Do the entire process very slowly. Usually the slow over night heat will do the trick.

 

 

It does have a sitter ..thanks for your help...

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How many switches..are they low, med, hi or 2 ,3,4,5,6,?

 

I would fire slow...put it on one switch on 2 or low with the lid open about an inch and run it over night. In the morning put all switches on low for about 2 hours, then onto medium for 2 or three hours depending on how cautious you feel. Then all on high. Shut the lid and keep the top peep hole open. Then keep checking it until it hits ^6. Use the kiln setter and check the controller weight to be sure it is in the correct position. That can be adjusted with a small screw driver. Be sure to have some witness cones visible from the peeps.

 

Marcia

 

 

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