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When Do You Know To Start Regular Firing Of Your Kiln?


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I was loading a kiln load up today, glazing as I went, loading each piece as I usually do into the kiln when finished with it. I set of my pre waxed taller pieces aside, working on the patens(plates). I go through a series of dip glazes, sprayed and poured glazes, and some atomized on stains. I then finish the foot ring by using a damp sponge on the foot rings of the patens while on the griffin grip. Chalices are done much the same, in batches of 2 or 4 to match patens. I placed the lid on the kiln(mine is not hinged, but has two handles) leaving a little space up top for early venting. I  also leave out the peep plugs on the top two layers.  All kiln switches were turned to 9 o'clock which is 25% on my switches.

 

An hour later, I have closed the lid, but leave the switches at the same position. What simple test could I use to tell when to start up the regular firing? This is for the newbies out there, and the experienced folks also. I have been noticing questions involving, shivering, spots on kiln shelves, and other things that this test could help alleviate. Answers folks?

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Yeah, you got it. I just hold my palm to the peep, and if it feels damp, no go.

 

A lot of people start the kiln prematurely after glazing immediately. Really bad idea with glaze spits. At the same time, I always use if with a bisque load to make certain I get the atmospheric water out of the pot before moving the temp up.

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