[Clayart] controllers/safety

David Woof woofpots at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 30 14:31:56 EDT 2018

I have an L&L controller which is attached but set off from kiln.  No muss no fuss,  but my glazes are sensitive so I always manually shut down rise at peak with visual cones, and let the programed control down fire. (close enough "whatever")

Regarding mel and his n-n-new swear words; I'm trying to eradicate "swear words" from my word choices, even under extreme duress as a goal, but like mel I could lend a few inventions.... to anyone in dire need. Sometimes the --------------------freakout.... BLT-GCF***... cursing-------hate words and slurs just seem to get the -----------------------freakin thing started.............hummmmmmm makes one wonder ???    (incidentally, BLT means Bacon, Lettuce n Tomatoes) and letus just say GCF means Good Clean FUN.

Best wishes to all,


(*(*********************99***********************************8888*********6********)*) reasons why!!!!

From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2018 6:59 AM
To: clay
Subject: [Clayart] controllers/safety

i had a great deal of mal/function with my controller on my
small kiln.  i finally ordered a kiln sitter with switch/relay.

i spent more time messing with the orton controller than i did
making pots.  and, you learn new swear words.

i was also of the opinion that a controller screwed to a kiln was a
bad system.  it got very hot.

arnold has been testing controllers now that have kaowool blanket between
the kiln and controller...he is getting temps of 125F from 170F without the
in my mind, it is still too hot.
my stand off controller works fine. i bet it never gets above room temp. it is
two feet from the kiln.

what was one of the first things we learned with our first computers in
1990???  keep them cool.  and gamers ran a/c through the machine.
now we have 170 on the controller???/what the hell is that?  and then
think of the heat on relay systems and transformer?

and, the big one for me was the controller would not let me fire at the
speed i wanted....why is it set for slow fire?  i don't slow fire.
i am firing to cone 7 in the kiln in under four hours.  and, i do not
like machines telling me what to do...gd it.

skutt now has a touch screen...big whup.  what is the temp of the controller?
and, my last line is....controlled kilns have to be watched...they can malfunction
just like any kiln.  don't control kilns from fifty miles away.  be home, be near and
monitor your firings....try explaining to an insurance investigator that you monitored
your burned up kiln from your cell phone from a movie.....good luck.

 website: www.melpots.com<http://www.melpots.com>
1 . mel jacobson. minnetonka, minnesota. mel's new email: melpots at mail.com . I am a Minnesota potter doing functional stoneware. My work represents a lifetime of work and study.

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