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Topic: totally clueless on how to use a kiln sitter kiln  (Read 3924 times)
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« on: January 16, 2011 05:57:15 AM »

I bought this kiln off a glass artist a while back. It is an older kiln but is in very good shape. I have been loooking for someone to show me how to use it properly for glass pendants and have had no lock locally. I have looked all over online (and for books) and any instructions do not seem to be specific enough for me to just give it a try. All I envision is burning my house down!! Here are some pictures of the kiln:

She did give me a bunch of shelves with it so I do have those to stack inside. Can anyone give me a start on how to use the buttons on the front of the kiln? I know this is an older kiln but she used this quite frequently for her glass work. I would have asked her for more instructions but she was completely wasted when I went to pick this up! Yeah it was an adventure...I just want to be able to understand the terms for firing and how these buttons work.
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011 08:44:40 AM »

I found this manual on-line for the kiln sitter:

These instructions don't seem specific enough for your purposes. However, this seems to be a ceramic kiln that uses cones. It can be used for glass, but I would definitely find a ceramics artist in your area to talk to about how to operate a ceramic kiln. Please also have the kiln inspected by an electrician before firing it! You may need special wiring or a special outlet to run the kiln (so as not to burn down the house!).

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011 11:00:16 AM »

Thanks so much, I did find that manual but it did not tell me what all of the buttons were for! I have asked several local places for assistance (with paying) on how to use it but no one responded back to my inquiries....I may have to get out and go into some local places as email has not brought me any luck.
I did have someone rewire my basement for the plug so that is good to go!! Thanks!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011 05:41:07 PM »

I found this site on the net and think it might help you.

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013 05:51:18 AM »

The kiln sitter is used to place your firing cone for whatever temp you want.  These are little clay bars that lay across the kiln setter. that fire to a specific temp for what you put inside. Make sure that you have kiln wash on these metal parts of the kiln itself that the cones sit on.  There should be what are called peep holes in the side of the kiln maybe, that have large cones that fit into them.  This way you can see inside during the firing process and make sure that when the cone bends from the temp the kiln shuts off.  The buttons numbered 1 2 3 4 are to be used in a specific order for a certain amount of time to make the kiln warm up to extremely hotl.  Each one will make certain elements (coils that heat up) come on during the process.  Kinda like an oven from warn to hot.

I am not familiar with this brand i had a Paragon.   Prior to kilns having the kiln sitter you had larger standup cones that you had to watch and when they bent over to the proper shape you knew to shut the kiln off.

I had several occasions when the cone would stick because I did not have enough kiln wash on the cone sitter and the kiln kept firing causing everything to melt together and stick to my shelves. 

I have not done glass only ceramics.  Hoping you have found the info you needed and are having fun with your kiln.

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