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Pottery/Paper Fire Test on Olympic 110v Kiln


Had a E-1 code appear during a firing. Never happened before. Kiln is only 6 months old, fired maybe 20 times. The manufacturer told me to do this paper fire test but I'm at a loss to what's being established. Your knowledge would be quite helpful.  Thanks.

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your recent question. My apologies for the timeliness of your answer. A family emergency took me away from my computer for several days.

A paper test tests the elements to see if they are working. Perform the following:

1. Place a little piece of paper in each element.

2. Then run a Fast Glaze (or turn the manual switches to Hi on a manual kiln) while you watch the papers.

3. They begin to smolder in about 2 minutes. After 3 or 4 minutes shut the kiln off.

4. This shows you if the elements are operating (or which ones are and which ones are not).

If an element is not working, contact the company for a replacement if under warranty.

I hope this helps. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. I am always at your service. Good luck.

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.

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