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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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Clay lover got the answer, but it is often called Mechanical water, or water of plasticity, then the other two, atmospheric that goes in the bisque first then Chemical water, last to got in bisque.

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