This video goes into the principles of how to load an electric kiln. In this case it is an L&L Easy-fire e23T kiln.

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  • Problems
  • See this for an error code you may get if you load too close to thermocouples or unevenly.
  • Placing Posts
  • Place posts a few inches in from the edge of the shelf. Posts positioned on the shelf edges tend to allow the shelves to warp sooner.
  • Use 3 posts per shelf, this will allow the shelf to sit without a wobble. Use 4 for heavier loads, especially on the very bottom. Using more than four posts may cause your shelves to crack or warp prematurely.
  • Always put the posts for the next shelf right on top of where the posts are holding up the shelf below. All the posts should be in a line from top to bottom.
  • Placing posts on their sides
  • From Jessica Putnam-Philips from Clayshare:

    Learn how and why it is so important to set the bottom kiln shelf correctly. With this simple tip you will prolong the life of your kiln, get better more even firings and better glaze results no matter what size your kiln is.


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