Oxidating flame

For clues to a dragon's ability to breath fire, we turn to the real-life bombardier beetle.

(Because who really wants to inspect a dragon's throat?

When in doubt lower the finish temperature a cone or two and/or dont soak the kiln at maximum heat either.

Beware hot spots that the computer sensors do not account for or show you.

My book, and others, have full firing schedules to guide you in learning curve.

Take some clay classes and really get practice with firings before investing in kilns.

Reduction fire will also affect the maturing process... Packing and loading of the kilns is very important also.

It is unwise to put dry paper or other combustibles directly into a red hot (around 1000C 1850F and up) electric kiln. Too much fuel all of a sudden, and not enough oxegen so creates a red hot smoke.) The bombardier beetle is a real-life expert at explosive spewing.The half-inch long beetle produces hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinones that are stored in separate reservoirs.The process finishes in the first several hours of an 8 hour fire going to bisque 1000C or higher.The combustion smoke and moisture exiting does not hurt the electric wire kiln elements in a dark slow heating kiln (451F/253C).

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