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5. Kiln Help
I am new to the world of kilns and I have a brand new Skutt electric
(km 1027) kiln in my classroom just waiting to be used. However, I'm
really nervous about using it. I have a hood vent and when I called
tech support the operator said I should run the kiln with the lid
propped open and with one of the peep holes out. He also said I
should run the kiln during school when I am there just in case it
doesn't auto shut, I've seen kilns used before and I've never seen a
teacher run one while the students were in school. Plus...I'm nervous
about running the kiln when the students are there, and he said when
the kiln reaches 1000 degrees I should shut the lid. AND, if figuring
out all this weren't intimidating enough, I want to run a test fire
(the manual says run to cone 04) and I only have pyrometric cones that
are o6. AND I have clay from last year that's Sheffield brand (its
dark gray) and I have no idea what cone I should fire it to. If you
know anything about this, please help!