Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
are you coating the elements with ITC coating?
First let me shy away from being an expert, I have a few years into it, and I maybe ahead of the curve, however reduction in electric kilns has been going on for, as long as the electric kiln.
I must say I loved reading Tim Eberhardt’s tails of his reduction trials.
( It’s a must read )
I will attest that every thing he wrote about is true, I fail for years trying each and every thing he did with the same results ( burned up kilns )
There are ways we all have heard about. Using some form of combustible and introducing it into the kiln at a certain temperature to get some level of reduction.
These techniques must be taught one on one. There are many dangers primarily to ones life not only to the kiln.
As to ITC coatings, I use the ITC coating for brick, mainly I like the appearance it gives, I also think it seals up some small fracture in the brick.
As to coating the elements it is not worth the effort, you will not see any benefit from it. To withstand the effects of the reduction atmosphere on the elements you need thick gauge elements and the right wire like Kanthal A-1 or APM and you need to re-oxidize the elements after each reduction firing. ( There is no free lunch )
Like any technique, and this one in particular there is a lot to learn.
One mistake could mean $ thousand of dollars to repair the kiln. Or the worst of all, yours or someone else’s death from Carbon Monoxide.
Hey George. I thought I'd weigh in here. I've been firing ^10 electric reduction for almost 8 years as my primary means of firing. As with any other means of firing, it comes with its own set of problems and challenges........but it is a very reliable and efficient means of firing. AND, when done properly yields results that are excellent. I made a little video a few days ago that documents my most recent firing. Also, you might want to check out my latest post at my blog.
The Duckpond Pottery
Brevard, North Carolina
really informative, stuff I have wondered about and now understand!
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This is a system to add the ability to add reduction atmosphere to an existing electric kiln.
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I must commend you on your efforts. I have praise and commendations for you.
Your are, where I started so many years ago.
The time and commitment to get past the continuous element failure, show you have perseverance.
To acquire the components, assemble, test, and learn how to control the reduction, must have been a proud moment for you.
The kiln opening after your first successful reduction must have been an eye opener for you, it was a moment in time I will not forget.
Please do not rip your kiln apart, you don’t live so far away that you don’t have a phone.
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A little preparation will make the difference between you being able to reassemble the kiln, and Humpdy Dumpdy fell off the wall.