[Clayart] digital controller for old kiln. sawdust instead of straw in small kiln
gerholdclay at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 15:15:52 UTC 2022
My guess would be a properly maintained kiln setter is a lot more reliable than a computerized controller and a lot less expensive to maintain.
That said if you are doing glazes and crystals either macro or micro a computer makes it a whole lot easier.
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> On Apr 1, 2022, at 11:03 AM, Carolyn Curran <cncpots2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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