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RE: Help, help, need fast dry


From: Sidnie Miller (smiller_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 14:07:13 PDT

I know that you could program the whole thing from a 12 hour candeling
to a full cone 5 firing, but the steps that are built into my
computerized cone 5 firing are sort of complex--giving a soaking time
etc. that I don't really understand, so I just set it for 12 hours on
200 and then it turns off before I get there in the morning. Then I
just hit the cone 05 program and start. Before I had a computerized
kiln, I just turned the kiln on low and braced up the lid about 5 inches
with a brick and left it overnight. Then in the morning I started by
shutting the lid for 3 hours, then flip up to medium for a couple of
hours, then up to high till it kicked off. Totally unscientific. I
really like to load the kiln before the work is dry because it's easier
to move and also if it breaks, I can slip it back together. Sid

>>> 05/29/2004 5:40:29 AM >>>
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?

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Sidnie Miller []
        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
        really wet and really thick they might not get dry, but I don't
        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
        moisture out. When I get to school the next day I kick the kiln
on and
        shut the door.