While the kiln fires, dry greenware on the bottom shelf for the next load. Why waste the heat?
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE NEW ROLLING STAND
Paragon’s deluxe stand comes with two shelves, two side frames, and a bag of nuts and screws. The shelf with the hole in the center is a top shelf. The hole includes mounting brackets for the Orton vent. The solid shelf goes on the bottom of the stand as in the photos above. While the kiln fires, dry greenware on the bottom shelf for the next firing. Why waste the heat under the kiln?
1) Insert a short tab from a shelf into the bottom of the opening in a side frame. The tab overlaps the outside of the side frame opening.
2) Insert the tab on the opposite side of the shelf into the other side frame.
3) Lay the top shelf (the one with the hole in the center) over the side frames. The short tabs slide over the outside of the side frames. The long tabs on the top shelf should be inside the side frames.
4) After you have assembled the shelves and side frames, insert the screws and nuts. Then install the locking casters.
In the last Kiln Pointer I asked, “Have you ever noticed how a sound can take you back in time?” Newy Fagan of Ocklawaha, Florida wrote, “Yes, sounds that engage memories. I grew up three houses from the New York, Boston line in Connecticut. The back property bordered the tracks. The house would shake. If I was on my horse and heard the train coming, I'd gallop to wave to the engineer and caboose, and if it was a passenger train, the passengers. Thanks for sharing your insights.”
In the last Kiln Pointer, Marie Fried wrote about using glass dams (strips of kiln shelves) to help prevent glass bubbles.
Q. Arnold, in Marie Fried's article, what is the precise purpose of the ceramic dams? Do they serve any purpose when using a top element kiln, or are they useful only in the side fire kilns?
A. If the edges of a glass project fuse too soon, air is trapped between layers of glass, and bubbles form. The ceramic dams are placed around the glass to prevent this. The dams shield the glass from direct exposure to the sidewall heating elements.
Ceramic dams may serve the same purpose with top-firing kilns, because the dams are a thermal mass that absorbs heat. This slows down the fusing rate of the nearby edges of glass.
Q. What is the setting on the Sentry controllers for dropping the temperature as quickly as possible?
A. To drop the temperature as quickly as possible, program a segment with the following:
The temperature that you are cooling to
Rate: 1799F/999C (the fastest rate possible)
Since the kiln will attempt to cool as fast as possible, it will turn off the heating elements during that segment.
“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” (Source unknown)
NEWS: PARAGON’S FIRST KAIZEN EVENT
We recently held our first kaizen event at Paragon. It lasted one and a half days. A kaizen event is an intensive study project with the goal of rapidly improving an operation, followed by continuous, incremental improvements. The first kaizen was on eliminating shipping errors. Team members were from customer service, production, scheduling, and shipping. Maria Garcia, the plant manager, led the team.
The result is that we have marked off shipping lanes in the loading area for the first time. Our computer system allocates kiln shipments to the new shipping lanes. A scheduling board shows the lanes that are designated for each “staged” shipment. When the kilns are placed in that customer’s shipping lane, we can tell at a glance when all of the kilns are ready to ship and whether they are the correct kilns.
When the world is embroiled in conflict, remember that your kiln is waiting patiently to take you on your own private, creative retreat. Creating is one of our greatest joys, whether silver jewelry, glass fusing, ceramics, knife making, enameling on copper.
With best wishes,
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