Loading And Firing A Test Kiln
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Kiln is clean and ready to load. Keep any combustible materials out of the kiln area.
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This kiln has a cone sitter. The cone is placed between the two lower and one upper prongs.
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This test firing will use cone 2. The cone is made of clay formulated to bend at a specific temp.
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The kiln temp will reach 2174 Fahrenheit. When it does, the cone will bend and shut off the kiln.
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Before loading the work, place the posts for the second shelf.
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Load work when it’s dry. Anything without glaze can touch. Leave gaps around the work with glaze.
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When loaded, close the lid. Set the timer, and press in the sitter button...
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Also make sure the thumbwheel is on 1 and the lights are on.
The kiln goes off when the cone bends or the timer runs out. It fired 8 hrs, the timer still has 4.
The used, bent cone.
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