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Posted 19 May 2013I have an L&L Easy Fire 23T with 3" brick. A glaze firing about 2 weeks ago was set for fast glaze cone 6 with a 15 minute hold and controlled cool. Cone 7 was more than touching. Last night, with a similar load of pots, I ran it at fast glaze cone 5 with a 15 minute hold and controlled cool. Cone 5 was just touching. I anticipated cone 6 being down, but it barely moved. This is so confusing. Does anyone ever really get their kiln calibrated to temperature, or is that just a fantasy? Does it even matter as long as the glazes look okay and the kiln reaches an acceptable cone? I understand the difference between heat work and temperature, but this whole lack of calibration is annoying. For what it is worth, I did take the Kiln Goddess out of the window and sit her on top of the kiln last night, so perhaps she is just messing with me.
1) How old is your kiln? How many firing have you done so far?
2) When you started it, did you check "Review Prog"? It shows you what temperature it is going to fire to.
Posted 18 May 2013I agree what what Mark said (and you, too) but am wondering about what you said about breaking your well. My electric wheel is a Brent but I switch directions without concern about the wheel coming to a complete stop. Did doing that really break your TS wheel?
Yes it does, and that sucks! I have to replace the controller ($95). I wish I knew that before I bought the TS.
The instruction (who reads the instructions!) says: "Do not attempt to reverse the wheel direction while the power to the wheel is on."
The wheel by itself didn't have the warning, so I did. It never worked again. I was told I burned the controller. Darn it. Still waiting for this part.
Wish I bought the Brent.
Posted 18 May 2013I do not own either of these wheels but my opinion is clay boss is a lesser wheel than a Thomas Stuart in terms of lasting longer without issues. I know people with both wheels as well as being around them in school settings..
Glad you like your clay boss lets hope it is trouble free for years.
Thank you Marc! I hope so too. If it gets broken after the warranty expires, it still will be just $10 per month.
This wheel is probably more suitable for the people who are not sure they will keep this hobby forever (although once you start, you are hooked! Ha),
so it is a good alternative to buying a used wheel. If you are a beginner, do not write Clay Boss off your list.
Posted 18 May 2013Thank you for the brief overview. How long do you have each wheel for?
Not for a long. Clay Boss for 5 mo and Thomas-Stuart for a month.
If you think that the cheaper wheel may get broken sooner than the expensive one, I would not be that sure in it. I can see why it is less expensive: much less steel in the stamina, which does not make any difference on the performance of the wheel.
So far, I had to replace the controller on the Thomas Stuart, but that was partially my fault.
I am saying "partially", because I think the company has to take some responsibilities too for not been clear with the limitations of the wheel.
I did abuse it by not switching it completely off before I changed the rotation of the wheel. (I thought since it was still, I could do it :-((
I was not whining about it, instead honestly admitted it to the techs and ordered another controller.
Posted 12 May 2013Did your pots melt away to nothing?
Well, I exaggerated a little. It was gust a drizzle, so they are all dry again. It is Nevada, you know.
It rains 4-5 times a year, and when it rains, it is just a joke most of the time. It does snow in winter, but that's a different story.
We have had an exceptionally nice weather this year! It is 80-90 F for the last 3-4 weeks. I already have small pears, apricots and peaches on my trees. Peonies started to bloom.
TJR, good luck with your sale!
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