How to do a split test fire on a new kiln with a DynaTrol - safest way to test fire.

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How to do a split test fire on a new kiln with a DynaTrol - safest way to test fire.

For your first firing, just do the following: You are going to split the first firing into two days so that someone can always be around to check on it.

On Day One

  1. As early as you can, turn the kiln switch on, and wait to see IDLE.

  2. Then press SLOW BISQUE/ ENTER/ 5/ ENTER/ 0/ ENTER/ PREHEAT/ 300/ ENTER/ START. It will start clicking off and on. This is normal. It is also normal to hear long periods of no clicking. The kiln will begin to climb slowly in temperature. At about 200 Deg F it will hold there for 3 hours. Then it will continue to climb.
  3. When you are ready to head for home it may be up to 800 degrees more or less. Whatever the temperature is, just press STOP, then kiln switch off. Let it cool naturally.

On Day Two

  1. As early as you can, turn the kiln switch on, wait to see IDLE. It does not matter if there is still heat in the kiln. Then press SLOW GLAZE/ ENTER/ 5/ ENTER/ 0/ ENTER/ START. It will be climbing quite a bit faster in this program. Check on it every 100 degrees or so. Be sure it is safe in the room it is in. If you have any doubts at all (room too hot/ funny smell/ surface near the kiln too hot/ plug hot/ etc.), shut the kiln down right away. It will climb all the way to about 2165 Deg F or thereabouts where it will say CPLT. This is how you know it is done. Slow Glaze program here takes from 6 to 9 or so hours to fire.
  2. When it says CPLT you can press ENTER, and turn the kiln switch off. After that you are ready for regular firing.