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kiln basics

🔥 the part of AMACO Classroom where our goal is to help you fire your kiln with confidence! 🔥


During this course we will walk you through everything from kiln safety, how to begin with your kiln, pyrometric cones, loading your kiln, important temperatures, and, of course, how to fire your kiln.

We have an excellent technical support team here at Amaco to help you every step of the way, so come along as we remove everything scary and mystifying about your kiln!

Downloadable documents

Click the images below to download Kiln Logs and Vocabulary sheets in your classroom

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Keep a Kiln Log of all your firings to estimate the time needed for future firings.

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Familiarize yourself and your students with basic kiln terminology.

Ch.1 Kiln Safety

In the first video of the Kiln Basics series we discuss recommended precautions to ensure safe operation of your kiln. 

Ch.2 Beginning with your kiln

In the second video of Kiln Basics we go through a checklist of items we recommend following when you first meet your kiln, whether it's new or used. 

Ch.3 Pyrometric cones

In the third video of the Kiln Basics series we discuss pyrometric cones and how even if you a digital controller, using cones is the most accurate way to determine temperature reached in each firing. 

Ch.4 Important temperatures in firing a kiln

In the fourth video of the Kiln Basics series we discuss the handful of important temperatures that are important in the firing process.

Ch.5 Loading your kiln

In the fifth video of the Kiln Basics series we guide you the loading process of your kiln.  

Ch.6 Programming a select fire kiln

In the sixth video of the Kiln Basics series we discuss how to program your kiln's Select Fire controller. 

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