Tips for new kiln owners

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I wish I had known this tip earlier

because now I have one of these how are

you today today I want to talk to you

about a couple of tips and tricks I've

learned along the way of operating my

manual kill now these tips and tricks

that I'm about to show you do kind of

work across all kilns although not every

single rule is specific to your kiln

these are things that I've learned just

working with kilns in general let's be

honest you probably didn't read the

entirety of the instructions you've got

with the booklet for your brand-new kiln

if you are getting a new kiln and if you

bought a killing the second-hand like I

did it most likely didn't even come with

instructions let's not lie to each other

when you get a new Apple product you

don't even read the agreement you just

push I agree and move on downloading

music illegally which pretty much just

means you lied this here is my old scut

181 manual kiln ghost yes

I named my kiln but a lot of Potter's

actually named their kilns don't believe

me look down in the comments below the

reason I'm making this video is because

I have a lot of people on my Discworld

server on my facebook saying oh my god

I'm buying my kiln for my first time I

don't really know how to operate it and

they're buying kilns that are way

fancier than mine because they saved up

and didn't work on their telling buy

mine secondhand like I did but because

they're getting a brand new kiln it's

almost like buying a brand new car

something goes wrong with it and a lot

of people panic or they don't know what

to do with it so today I'm gonna show

you not only how to prevent some of

those things but also kind of how to

pack those tip number one get yourself a

good brick this is specifically used to

cool down your kiln a little bit faster

once it reaches around 200 degrees that

number of varies depending on Potter to

Potter or what type of kiln you have but

sooner or later you're gonna come home

and you're gonna notice your kiln is off

or you're gonna set it overnight and

notice that it's cooling down fairly

fast the majority of people just take

out their peep holes like this and end

up slowly cooling them down this way but

if you're around 200

you can very easily get a little brick

and cool it off much much faster by

venting it just like this before I did

this my kiln would take an entire half a

day to cool down just by opening up the

peep holes like this because it lets a

little bit of air out but now I have all

this space for the heat to escape and as

long as I'm not causing thermal shock by

letting the pieces cool down way too

fast this is a pretty safe bet that

that's gonna lower that cooldown time in

a general rule for me because I can

already see you typing in the comments

below why don't you just finish the

video before you make a comment is that

a lot of people ask well how do I know

what temperature or how do I know when

my kiln is ready to vent I usually stay

around the 200 degree range and I

usually kind of feel it and I feel this

heat based on experience I kind of know

by now that's how much heat it's giving

off that's a safe way to open it now I'm

okay to vent it but a general rule that

I used before I knew the temperature by

feel is I would touch the handle if the

handle burns my hand don't open it

but if you touch it and you can hold on

to it without actively burning yourself

then it's a pretty safe bet that it's

ready to be vented just like this oh hey

there its future Dante you know as I was

editing this video I was thinking to

myself man is there any way that anybody

on the planet earth could misconstrue my

words and not understand what I'm saying

so that they think that as soon as

they're kilns done firing and it goes

off they can immediately open it and

stick a brick right there to speed up

the process of cooling it down and I

thought to myself I live on the planet

Earth of course they can everyone does

that all the time especially on the

internet so I would like to make it

abundantly clear that as soon as your

kiln shuts off do not do this please

wait for it to cool down to a safe

temperature before you decide to speed

cool it with this brick technique okay

thank you for your time and stop taking

things out of context but if you can

touch this and open it a little bit

without burning yourself it's a pretty

safe bet that it's ready to be vented in

this way

tip number too many times do I get

people asking what they do if they break

one of these now you can probably tell

that this is a different size and shape

from these ones down here these are the

ones that came with the original kiln

although I was videotaping one day and I

accidentally brushed up against one of

these and they broke I feel like this

one is a little bit common-sense but I

get this question a lot inside of my

Instagram DMS of if they break one of

these where do they get a new one or how

do they replace these number one you can

very easily replace these and I would

opt out for these thicker ones because

of this thicker one Falls it usually

doesn't cause too much of a problem so

don't freak out you can and do from time

to time replace these you can probably

buy them from your local ceramic store

or from the big ceramic store calm it's

very easy to order them the second thing

that I want to tell you is that these at

least the ones that originally came with

my kiln are hollow and are much easier

to break and because of that if you have

the chance to replace them with

something a little bit thicker that

doesn't break when you drop it I would

suggest getting one of these missing one

of these isn't really a big deal but it

does put a little bit more stress on

your kiln to reach proper temperature

and that means that you're gonna want to

have the entire set so for all the

people my DMS

these are replaceable don't freak out

tip number three my kiln does this a lot

more than other newer kilns and your

kiln will most likely look a little bit

more like this because you have a newer

kiln and it probably comes with these

elements that's what these things are

called will usually be inside of their

proper channels like this and this is

perfect this is how it's supposed to

look but sooner or later your elements

are gonna start to clump together and

pull outwards especially if you've

broken off some of the soft brick that

insulates heat like mine has this soft

brick here breaks pretty easily if you

bump up against it and because of that

little chips have come off of my kiln

over time and a consequence to that

means that the channels in which hold in

my elements have also broken off and

cause some of them to fall out along

with the fact that my elements are quite

old like Mike illness but don't worry

they've actually created something to

hold them back into their chatez you see

this little thing right here this is a

little piece of metal that you can

easily stick into your soft brick to

hold your elements back into their

channels again you can buy these at any

ceramics store they're most likely will

order them for you if they don't have

them or you can go to the big ceramic

store calm and I'm sure they have them

as well so don't freak out if your

elements start popping out you can

easily put them back in with these okay

yes these are awesome

but to be honest with you I kind of hate

these this at one point was straight and

I bent it myself to make sure that the

wire stays in a little bit by sticking

this into the soft brick and bending it

upwards because if you haven't noticed

these elements are curled into a little

spiral I hate this thing

but what I do love is that somebody made

the exact same thing but had the great

idea of putting a hook at the end of it

so that it's much easier to hold your

elements back inside your channel if

they start clumping up and popping out

I've heard of these being called a bunch

of different things over time but

usually whenever I google them or go to

the big ceramic store calm or got on my

local ceramic shop I just say channel

pins or element pins for the inside of

my kiln and my soft brick and they know

exactly what I'm talking about

channel pins aka holy boys aka put a pin

in it

aka I accidentally bumped into my soft

brick on the inside of my kiln and my

elements popped out and I don't know

what to do about it I prefer this

u-shaped one well over the one that is

straight and I have to bend myself right

here I will be honest with you I don't

know the specific name of this but I

just want you guys to know they exist

and they are much easier to use than the

straight ones the straight ones you kind

of purposely have to bend but these

already come bent for you you can stick

it all the way inside your soft brick

and it kind of carries the wire on this

little hook right here all the way back

into the channel this space right here

is an excellent example I could go right

in between the spirals of the wires

stick it into my brick and it'll

probably Jesse it just pops out again

because it went through the cracks of

the spiral this doesn't really do

anything but if I get the one with the

hook at the end of it I can probably

hook one of these spirals on to the

brick itself and it'll stay in there you

see at least it went back into its

channel and if you really don't like the

look of them popping out you can stick

multiples of them into the same Channel

tip number four

this is a kiln shelf and this is glaze

that is stuck on my kiln shelf no matter

what you do somewhere in your ceramic

art career as far as owning your kiln

goes this is going to happen sooner or

later you are going to get glaze on the

bottom of one of your kiln shelves and

you're most likely gonna have to chip

this off yourself with some equipment

and put some kiln wash over it just for

times sake we're not gonna go over how

to use kiln wash and chip stuff off of

kiln shelves I've already made a video

on that I will link it down below for

you if you like this would be awful to

get on the sides of your kiln or your

soft brick is or at the very very bottom

of your actual kiln especially if it's

brand new so the very first thing that

you should do when you get a brand new

kiln is get your kiln shelf that is

properly fitted to the size of your kiln

and put it all the way down at the

bottom of your kiln because you can only

imagine what number one this would do to

the resale value of your kiln if you

ever decide to resell it or take it back

to the store and they find this giant

stuff that they can no longer get off

with their soft brick and number two you

really can't take a hammer and chisel

and chip off this glaze on your actual

kiln itself especially with the bottom

of it being soft brick it'll work on

this this stuff is meant to take a

little bit of a beating especially

surviving in such harsh heat conditions

the soft brick in your kiln however

cannot handle that when you get your new

kiln I highly suggest you get one of

these kiln shelves and put it all the

way at the bottom of your kiln but do

not and I repeat do not put it directly

at the bottom of your kiln make sure you

get little tiny one or two inch stilts

just like this don't put them this way

turn them over flat horizontal and put

them on the three main parts in which

you would hold your kiln shelf up the

bottom of your kiln does not like that

much extra weight put all in one place

distribute that way and make sure you

take care of the bottom of your kiln

tip number five has a lot to do with

kiln furniture or your stilts which you

use to load your actual kiln now if you

don't know how to use these I've already

made a video on that I will link it down

below for you as well

because we don't have time to go over in

this video but one thing I didn't

mention in that video is if you are

loading your kiln let's say you should

have your little stilts here in three

different focal points to hold up the

shelf don't use for I've been told by

the company to not use for because it

creates little divots in the kiln

shelves and that slowly makes cracks and

little dips over time really only need

three at a time

and that should be sufficient enough to

hold your kiln shelf in place you don't

need any more than that little trifecta

their most Potter's even myself usually

put them for this type of kiln in a

triangle formation I have loaded a gas

kiln a little differently before but

that doesn't really seem to be necessary

and an octagon type of shale little

octagon cage fight tip number five and a

half you guys just saw me load this one

little kiln shelf you saw me put one

here and two right here and you saw me

do that and not put four of them down

because I don't want to create divots in

my shelf every time I load a level the

same exact thing happens if you don't

place these directly on top of each

other what I mean by that is that

underneath here is one of these stills

right and then I put a shelf on top of

it my job is to put this stilt directly

where I put the previous stilt this also

prevents divots in my kiln shelf when I

was super new at loading my kiln shelf I

used to just kind of put them wherever I

used to put one here one here one here

and yes it would hold up but sooner or

later I learned from other Potter's that

I really want to make sure that if I put

one still underneath this I want the

same still exactly where that one was

for the next level and that one is

really just for evenness of stability

number one and number two this also if

you don't follow this rule will over

time create little divots and cracks

inside of your kiln shelf I wish I had

known this tip earlier because now I

have one of these this is my oldest kiln

shelf and over the course of a year or


I started to notice this big crack right

here but thinking it was nothing I just

kept loading my shelf and as I did well

you can only imagine the distribution of

weight not being even because the

pillars weren't directly on top of each

other sooner or later took this shelf

down one thing that I don't think a lot

of beginners who just get their cones

understand is that these are going

through an extreme amount of heat and

things do technically move because of

that heat inside of your kiln and your

kiln shelves are no different although

they are meant to resist an extreme

amount of heat in a harsh environment

and your kiln they do still take effect

and damage over time and if you don't

respect them and load them properly

stuff like this happens to give you kind

of a visual representation of what I

mean just to be clear let's say there's

three right here you put a shelf on top

of it what you want to do is load those

same pillars or those same stilts in the

exact same place as the last three like

this like this and like this if you load

these three and then the next shelf is

loaded like this you know you're slowly

gonna get little divots inside of your

shelves that's not good for it Daunte

why do you always repeat yourself

whenever you give us information because

every single time I don't repeat myself

I get a thousand of you and my messages

well thank you dirty products for

joining me today a lot of these tips and

tricks that I just showed you although I

do have a manual scub 181 and it's a

massively old kiln I don't know what

year this was made but I bet it's older

than me and um I'm getting there a lot

of these tricks kind of work no matter

what kiln you're running I've seen a lot

of newer kilns of Potter's who put their

shells at the bottom of their kiln just

because they want to protect their

bottoms and they even put those little

stilts there to make sure that there's

not too much pressure on that soft brick

I've seen a lot of Potter's use those

little pins because if those get too out

of hand those channels will move in the

kiln as it heats up and touch your

pottery and guess what happens to your

pottery and I'm getting a lot of

Potter's buying their first kilns on the

discord servers so I'm really happy you

guys are actually making it I'm really


you guys have chosen this this hobby as

a lifelong thing and I'm really happy

that you guys are finding yourselves in

art and I really hope that this video

helps a lot of you if you would like to

see any of my actual artwork my

Instagram my facebook and the discord

links are always down below there's tons

of helpful Potter's on our discord

server if you want to talk to other

Potter's who are just like you we have

anybody from beginner to advanced go

ahead and talk to them they're mo mo

most most of them are super friendly I'm

probably the least friendly one that

being said good luck on your next killin

load and I will see you dirty Potter's

next week


but with the best tip I can give any

Potter in the world you see this stuff

right here you see this glaze is it's

kind of hard to chip off right there you

don't want to chip it off you ain't got

time for that go ahead turn that thing

over good boom problem fix