I candled the kiln overnight because it had been very damp in our area for a while and I just wanted to ease into the heat. I packed the kiln better this time...maybe too much?
At 6:30 a.m. I lit the right burner and after an hour lit the second one. This time I understood the importance of letting adjustments take place- gave them time to show an effect...unlike the first firing when I was relentlessly tinkering with ALL the adjustments, ALL the time. Heat built up at a good rate and the kiln did not stall. I was able to shut it down- with a 30 minute hold- at 4:30 p.m.
John Britt described firing a gas kiln as dealing with a race horse- you don't let a race horse just go all out, no, you control the power and ease it into full force. So, when I got anxious I thought of the race horse analogy and it helped me think more clearly!
|This was taken before the green flame occurred|