[Clayart] digital controller for old kiln. sawdust instead of straw in small kiln
cncpots2 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 13:19:56 UTC 2022
On the kiln sitter perhaps I was just too used to using cones and was
reticent to rely on the kiln sitter. If I can have use of a kiln in my
facility, I sure as heck would work with the kiln sitter. or else use
cones to make sure all is OK> On the other hand, if a computerized
controller is feasible and practical, then I'd go with that. I like to
check on a kiln when it's near end of firing..just in case the controller
doesn't shut off kiln at proper time, even if that is rare these days.
But does anyone -know if the computerized controllers are compatible with
older kilns? I'd like some feedback before kiln technie comes here so
that staff here knows about a possible option to old kiln sitter.
On using sawdust for a primitive kiln: the last little kiln I built I
never actually fired beforehand but charcoal fired it the first time in
the green state, and it worked fine,so maybe it would be worth a try with
that using sawdust. Thanks for idea. I usually use heavily grogged clay
and added vermiculite or perlite..) Chopping up straw with any tool
available took a long time. I had not thought of tree leaves. or pine
needles, though. My middle name has been experimentation for 50 years
as a potter, but at this point I appreciate help from others since I never
know how much time I have left for playing in clay. Tempus fugit.
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