Thread: 1st Kiln
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Old 2020-10-29, 1:53pm
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Aye, hot glass going into he kiln won't wait for the time it takes the kiln to come up to temperature.

It doesn't take all that long to get up to temp in an empty kiln but hot glass out of the torch flame will cool down much too quickly before it gets up there.

I usually start my kiln first, then get something to drink, clean my eye glasses, and start selecting what I am going to melt, clean that glass, open the valves to my fuel and oxygen sources, light the torch etc ...

Usually 20 minutes or longer have gone by before I have any hot glass at all and none of it has even been put on a mandrel yet.

You may want to practice all of the moves of doing your start up routine before you make anything that will break your heart if it shatters or puddles on the floor of your kiln.

You could find out that scooting your chair back with a molten hot glob of glass on a thin wire gets caught on the table behind you or smacks into the lamp you are lighting your work area with.

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