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Re: drying clay projects in the kiln


From: Debbie Stone (dstone_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 10 2002 - 05:38:35 PST

No not school kiln is 4 yrs old..I do this with my kiln at home( gas/electric), along with reducing heavily, and I have had some trouble ...but I think that is from the reduction atmosphere more than the drying..deb

>>> "Ricardo Ramirez" <> 12/09/02 05:24PM >>>
Have you had problems with your coils? How old is the kiln....I was
informed that this can cause premature rusting of the coils? If not, I
want to do this also!


>>> 12/09/02 03:24PM >>>
I do it all the time. Close all the peep holes. Load pieces into the
kiln well away from the elements. If possible put a shelf above the
first element so that the heat source will be under the pieces. Then
turn the lowest element on low. Only the very bottom element as you want
it to be a gradual low heat. Open the top of the kiln about one inch. I
Leave the kiln on until it is very warm inside. Then I turn it off for
about 1 hour and repeat with heat for a couple hours then 1 hour off.
Always leave the top open that one inch and the peep holes closed. Once
everything looks dry I just leave the one element on low. I start at
about 7:30 am and turn the kiln off beteen 3:30 and 4:00. The next
morning I check for coolness/dampness. If I question it I'll leave the
kiln on for another day on low.(just the bottom element) Off course this
all depends on just how wet the pieces were to start and how full the
kiln was...deb

>>> Jeannie Sandoval <> 12/09/02 02:52PM >>>
Hi everyone,
Have a question that I know you can answer. How can
you dry fresh projects in the kiln? I am close to the
end of the grading period and they pieces are
leatherhard. I know it will take days to dry out but
with the weather here (rather humid) I think it will
take longer. In college they (the art aides) dried
leatherhard pieces in the kiln and I don't know what
type of setting to put my kiln on to achieve this
'quick' dry. I don't want to blow anything up. :)I
have a Skutt automatic kiln.
Can you help me?
jeannie in georgia

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