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I wrote a few days ago but am following up with mre information.  I have a Duncan energy save kiln.   The settings on the dials are overglaze at 9 oclock, and high fire ceramic at 1 oclock and off at 12......    a previlous owner added some additional red dots at different locations but not sure why....   mabe he discovered where it needed to be?     The manual talks about that the kiln is automatic and will automatically low fire and then step up to the different settings...    so for bisque do I put it on high fire and put my (in my case 05 cone and let it rip ....  and the sitter knock off at the 05?   what time is exected with this type kiln?    or am I totally mistaken?    I am thinking of loading it with some xpendible little things and various test cones and putting it on high and letting it "automatically step up from low to medium to high"   and kick off at 05 however seeing the red dots makes me wonder should I do something else???    attached see a picture...   the manual which says its automatic says nothing about the correct spot for what type of firing nor dose it give any idea range ect. of time for firing nor dose it specifically say that it will step up automactcally from low to high with it set on high it just says its automatic to save enery.   ???   any comments on best way to test this would be greatly appreciated!   Rhanks Matt

Dear Matt,

    Thank you for your follow up question. During your first question, I asked if you would kindly send me the model number of your kiln. The model number is located on a plate with the name of the kiln Duncan, Energy Saver Kiln. Once I receive this, I can give you explicit instructions on how to operate your specific kiln.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat


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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.


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.

Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

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

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Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

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