[Clayart] OLD ELECTRIC KILNS

John Rodgers jrodgers113 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 17:51:46 UTC 2021


Kathi, that's the name I couldn't remember for that kiln - Crusader.. My
favorite for bisque also. Biggest diameter kiln I ever had. Bigger than all
of my Paragon Kilns and they were not small.

On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 12:19 PM kathi at lesueurclaywork.com <
kathi at lesueurclaywork.com> wrote:

> John, that sounds like an early Crusader kiln. Earlier this year I was
> able to buy one that had sat unused in a studio for at least 25 years. The
> steel jacket was still shiny. The elements looked like new. I was giving my
> old, decrepit Crusader to the guy who helped haul it to my studio. I pulled
> the sitter from that kiln and installed it in the “new” one. I now have
> three electrics. This is the only manual and it’s my kiln of choice for
> bisque.
>
> Kathi LeSueur
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Oct 12, 2021, at 3:01 AM, John Rodgers <jrodgers113 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Once I had a really old electric kiln I bought used. The owner said she
> had
> > the kiln for 40 years and that was twenty years ago. I'M SORRY i can't
> > remember the name of it - stroke brain interference - but that thing was
> > ancient. It would fire to Cone 10 but there were some tricks. This thing
> > predated cone sitters I think. It never had one. There were 8 tiers  of
> two
> > heating elements each. Each tier was controlled by its own infinity
> switch.
> > There was a port on the side into which one could insert a pyrometer
> probe,
> > and a peep hole on the other side. To use it I had to put a shelf cone
> on a
> > tall post in front of the peep hole and keep an eye on the pyrometer. I
> > used the pyrometer as a guide but used the bending of the cone to tell me
> > when to turn it off. I got some really beautiful firings from it. To this
> > day, such a kiln setup would be my choice for doing bisque firing.
> > Computerized kilns would now be my choice for glaze. But an old kiln can
> > still do good work for you.
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