Today marked the momentous occassion that was/is the first firing in the newly acquired kiln. I say newly acquired as the kiln itself is 10 years old, purchased from a chap in Hobart who used it for glasswork. It’s British-made, a Cromartie CTL 75 with an LT-3 kiln sitter. Fortunately, with a little ferreting around on the web I was able to locate the manual for the latter and plenty of videos detailing the firing process.*

For the first hour I was somewhat crestfallen as the elements didn’t appear to be heating up, but it turned out that they don’t kick in until the lid is firmly closed and I’d originally set it up to warm with the lid propped open slightly.

So, firing commenced at around 11am. It’s now 6pm and the temperature is around 450-500º, aiming for 1000º for the bisque fire.

With a little luck, the kiln sitter will do its job sometime in the middle of the night and I’ll have a lot of test rods and one bisque house by this time tomorrow.

Either that or I won’t.

*Also, thanks to Joolz, who imparted ancient wisdom and inspired confidence all the way from NZ.

Update: Looks like the timer kicked off in the night before the kiln reached 1000º. Oh well, it was a test fire.