All kilns are equipped with a control device that allows the user to regulate the rate of heating (and cooling) as well as the final kiln temperature or cone. The kilns sold on Soul Ceramics come in multiple different variations depending on the manufacturer, and its important to understand which one is right for you.
The Set-Pro is an economical 3 button control that allows the ceramic artist to fire using the quick Express Mode. It is designed to operate easily and efficiently. The Set-Pro can be programmed with up to 4 individual firing programs. Each firing program offers up to 8 segments per program.
Evenheat continues to manufacturer a range of manually controlled kilns. As the name suggests, these kilns are controlled manually through the use of switches. During the firing, these switches are manually adjusted periodically to increase the chamber temperature until final temperature or cone is reached.
Generally speaking, manually operated kilns are operated as follows:
Kiln models equipped with ON-OFF toggle switches generally have two or more switches. Standard operation is to throw the bottom switch to the ON position while leaving all remaining switches OFF. Allow the kiln to fire for one hour. Once the hour is complete, throw the next switch up from the bottom to the ON position, again leaving all remaining switches OFF. Allow the kiln to continue to fire for another hour. Repeat this process for all remaining switches and allow the firing to complete. It should be noted that you may fire faster or slower by adjusting the amount of time you wait before throwing the switches to the ON position.
Kiln Models equipped with Rotary Switches (Low-Med-High and Infinite) may contain up three switches. Standard operation is to rotate all switches to the Low setting and allow the kiln to fire for one hour. Once the hour is complete, rotate all switches to the Medium setting and allow the kiln to fire for another hour. Once that hour is complete rotate all switches to the High position and allow the firing to complete. It should be noted that you may fire faster or slower by adjusting the amount of time you wait before rotating the switches to the next highest position.
If your particular kiln model is equipped with a Kiln Sitter, the Kiln Sitter will automatically turn the kiln off once cone is achieved. If your particular kiln model is not equipped with a Kiln Sitter it must be turned off manually at the end of the firing. The use of “witness cones” and a pyrometer help to indicate when the proper cone and maximum kiln temperature have been reached. Do not allow the kiln to operate beyond the maximum temperature indicated on the nameplate.
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