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Keeping a Firing Logbook

This sketch shows the interior of the Paragon TnF-1613-3.

One of the easiest ways to learn about your kiln is to keep a firing logbook. If you are firing the kiln for the first time in several months, you can review your logbook to regain a quick “feel” for the kiln. The logbook is vital if you are experimenting with glazes or other materials.

Paragon prints Ramp-Hold and Cone-Fire firing records for digital kilns. You can download them from Select “Support,” and then “Instruction Manuals” from the drop menu:

You can use those firing records even for manual kilns. Keep them in a 3-ring notebook.

You can also record a lot of information with a simple sketch. I include one with most firings. You can see a sample sketch from my logbook at Click on “Support” and select “Kiln Pointers” from the drop menu:

In your sketch, include shelf spacing inside the kiln including the height of posts; the type of ware on each shelf; a sketch of pyrometric cones showing how they bent; and description of firing results on each shelf, such as color of glazes. By sketching the bent cones, you won’t need to store the cones.

As you will see if you visit our website, my sketches are crude and quick. But they still contain a lot of information.

With best wishes,

Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P. – Better Designed Kilns 2011 South Town East Blvd. Mesquite, TX 75149-1122 Voice: 972-288-7557 & 800-876-4328 / Fax: 972-222-0646 /

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