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Is it okay to dry clay pieces in the kiln on a 150-180 degree F. temperature hold?

The ideal is to load only bone-dry ware into the kiln. However, if your schedule does not permit that, then candling the ware inside the kiln is fine.

It is important to vent moisture from the kiln during candling. Continue the candling stage until signs of moisture leaving the kiln have disappeared. Moisture at higher temperatures in the kiln will cause excessive rusting, will slow down the firing, and will waste electricity.

One method of detecting moisture is to hold a mirror near the upper peephole or vented lid. Moisture will fog the mirror. You can also feel the moisture with your hand.



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