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Hi,
I bought a kiln and I have no manual. I was told it was a Skutt but that might just be the kiln sitter. I have fired it twice with luck but would like to make sure I am firing correctly. Would you know what the schedule would be for both bisque 04 and glaze 5 or 6 fire?
The knobs are a low, medium and high.

Thanks for any help with this!
Rhonda

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Dear Rhonda,

    Thank you for your recent question. The Skutt Kiln K 818 is simple to fire. Both cone 04 and medium temperature will fire with the same schedule, as the kiln will turn off at the required maturing temperature. You may need to adjust the schedule to meet your needs in firing once you have fired for the first time using this schedule. The following is a general schedule. Please adjust as needed for various clay bodies and glazes, once you have made a successful firing.

Prop the lid of the kiln open about 2-3 inches.
Leave the peep hole plugs open.
The switches in the schedule will be referred to as 1 - the bottom switch, 2- the top switch.

Turn 1 to Low
Wait 2 hours
Turn 2 to Low
Wait 1 hour

Turn 1 to M
Wait 2 hours
Turn 2 to M
Wait 2 hours

Turn 1 to H
Wait 1 hour
Turn 2 to H
Wait 1 hour

Close the lid
Wait 2 hours

Plug the peep holes
Fire until maturing cone bends

    To stop firing, turn all knobs off. Wait for 6 hours and then pull the peep hole plugs. Wait another 6 hours before cracking the lid. Remove pottery when the kiln cools completely.

    I hope this helps you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. Much success to you!

Sincerely,
Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat
www.earthstokenfire.com  

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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.

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Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

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University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

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