Sidnie, this is great info. I'll have to check our our kiln to see if I can alter the rate of temp. increase as you mentioned. To date, I simply punch in the numbers for rate of increase for the complete firing. Do you heat it for the 2 steps with 2 separate firings? That is, after the heating by 50 degrees an hour till 200 degrees, do you turn the kiln off and reset the kiln for the actual firing?
From: Sidnie Miller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Fri 5/28/2004 6:16 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Help, help, need fast dry
I always put the pots in the kiln--I don't care how wet--If they are
really wet and really thick they might not get dry, but I don't fire
things that are really thick. I leave them in the kiln on low
overnight. I have a computerized kiln and I heat it by 50 degrees an
hour till 200 degrees. Remember that water boils at 212 degrees, so
stay below that. Keep the door open or braced way up to let the
moisture out. When I get to school the next day I kick the kiln on and
shut the door.