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Why should the kiln be fired empty the first time after changing the elements?

Kiln manufacturers recommend firing the kiln empty the first time after replacing elements. As the theory goes, firing the kiln empty helps form a protective oxide coating on the elements before they are subjected to fumes from the clay and glazes.

Paragon recommends firing to cone 01 or hotter during that first firing. At this temperature, the elements will soften and conform to the shape of the grooves. Once the elements settle into the grooves, they are unlikely to bulge out later.

But before firing the new elements, you should make sure they are seated all the way down into the grooves and pushed to the back of the corners.



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