[Clayart] digital controller for old kiln. sawdust instead of straw in small kiln

paul gerhold gerholdclay at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 15:19:18 UTC 2022

You might try using cedar shavings from Tractor Supply or  any farm type store. Not expensive and combust beautifully.

I used them for years when I did RAKU.


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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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