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Ask Arnold: Arnold's Firebrick Repair Toolkit

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Ask Arnold: Arnold's Firebrick Repair Toolkit

    Kiln Pointer from Paragon: Arnold's Firebrick Repair Toolbox ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contents A Firebrick Repair Toolbox Book Recommendation: "Clay: A Studio Handbook" Reader Response Firebrick Repair Toolbox -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------      A Firebrick Repair Toolbox Ever since I left Paragon and became an independent kiln technician, hunting for tools has been my biggest waste of time. So I have sorted my kiln tools into four tool boxes (along with a vacuum cleaner and air compressor). Recently I put all of my firebrick tools into one box where I can find them instantly. Here they are, going clockwise from left to right in the...

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Ask Arnold!

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Ask Arnold!

Arnold Howard, a former employee at Paragon Industries, is now an independent kiln technician at Howard Kiln Services. For those who don't know him... Arnold started at Paragon in 1977 and worked there for 42 years! Repairing kilns and helping people is Arnold's passion! He is a wealth of knowledge and we welcome his insight! To start things off, we thought we would ask him a few of our most common customer questions... Q. Why would someone choose mercury relays over solid state relays? Is there an advantage to one over the other?  A. Mercury relays are extremely reliable. They...

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Nothing is More Important Than Workshop Safety!

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Nothing is More Important Than Workshop Safety!

As we have heard a million times, “We're here to have fun, not to get injured.” Nowhere is that more imperative than in your studio or workshop. Protecting yourself from common issues is the first step. From Safety Gloves to Safety Glasses, sometimes it's just hard to find exactly what you need! With that in mind and a little inspiration from the epic song lyrics of Tina Turner... we have put together a few Kiln Frog favorites for you. The BEST Eye, Ear, and Lung Protection Your EYES - Keeping your eyes – and in some cases, your face –covered...

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Observing a Kiln During Firing... What's Normal?

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Observing a Kiln During Firing... What's Normal?

  A big thank you to our friend Arnold from Paragon Kilns who helped answer these important questions about observing your kiln during firing. Gail also added some nuggets of information to help round out your knowledge! The heating elements hum when they turn on.  The sound is generated because the elements vibrate in the brick grooves due to magnetism between the coils. So, it's totally normal! The sound actually diminishes as the kiln gets hotter because the elements soften. Notes from Gail: This is also true in kilns with suspended quartz wrapped tubes, but it's harder to hear since the elements are...

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When the Kiln Lid Flakes...

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When the Kiln Lid Flakes...

  Great information about kiln lid flakes from our friends at Paragon... At Paragon, they coat the inner lid surface of all kilns to reduce brick dust. Sometimes the refractory coating is too thick so, it will blister and flake off when the kiln is fired. An especially thick coating looks like a network of peeling cracks similar to a dried mud puddle. This cracking is due to the difference in expansion between the firebricks and the coating. Conversely, correctly applied kiln coating will look like it disappeared after the kiln has been fired. The good news is that cracked...

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