17 August 2015

PART TWO: 12-Key Controller Tips & Tricks

Happy Firing!! Now, a post for all you 12-button controller owners. Here are a few tricks that are good to know to help you be in better control of your firings! These tricks should apply to all of the following controllers!
  • Changing a Target Temperature During a Firing - If the kiln is firing and you need to modify the current ramp target temperature (or hold time), Press the #4 USER PROG key. The controller will display the current target temperature and setting. Use the numeric keypad to change the temperature value and press ENTER. The controller will next display the current ramp hold time and setting. This too can be modified if necessary. Press ENTER again to exit the editing mode.
  • Adding Time to a Hold - If the kiln is firing and you need to add time to the current ramp hold time, press the #2 ADD TIME key. Five (5) minutes will be added to the hold time each time the key is pressed. If the firing is in the first ramp, you can only edit the first ramp hold time. To edit the second ramp hold time, wait until the firing has progressed into the second ramp.
  • Skip Step - To end a hold before the time has expired, use the Skip Step function to advance to the next ramp. Press the #9 SKIP key to view the next ramp and press ENTER.
  • Threshold Alarm - To sound an audible alarm when the controller reaches a temperature, press the #7 ALARM key. ALAR shows in the display alternating with the alarm temperature. You can use the numerical keypad to enter a new alarm temperature or press Enter to keep the existing value. Setting the value to zero disables the alarm feature. When the kiln reaches the alarm temperature, the display will indicate ALAR and the buzzer will sound. Silence the alarm by pressing any key except STOP. Pressing STOP ends the firing. You can program the alarm before you start the firing or during the firing.

Hopefully, these few tips will help your work be the best it can be!

Your Kiln Gal,

Gail

13 August 2015

PREPARE YOUR LOVED ONE (YOUR KILN) FROM STORM RELATED DAMAGE!

Wanted to share this great tip from our friends @ Jen-Ken Kilns:

It's that time of year again, it's storm season in various parts of the country. During this time, we start getting "those" calls...

"My kiln was fine and now it wont come on!"

"I was firing, and all of the sudden I smelled something electrical burning!"

"My display just flickers and beeps!" 

These are just a few of the typical issues. Over the years, we've seen the pattern and we've found the one common thread. It's storm season. We take so many calls like this a year, and every time we trace the symptoms back to one thing: LIGHTNING! When lightning strikes nearby, it sends a very HIGH VOLTAGE SURGE throughout the entire electrical system in your house. Unfortunately, you just can't plug your kiln into a surge protector to prevent the surge from zapping your kiln. The circuit board is the most expensive part on your entire kiln, and a good power surge will knock it out faster than anything else! It can also cause other problems, like burning out relays, and damaging your transformer.

We know you love your kiln, and we want you to protect your baby! SO WHAT CAN YOU DO... If you have a digital kiln, PLEASE UNPLUG IT when it's not in use. Just like your computer or other expensive electronics, your kiln needs protection especially during storm season. Also, never fire a kiln when lightning is nearby. If your kiln is firing and a storm comes up, end your program as soon as you can and unplug the kiln. Don't just hope for the best! Don't let your kiln be the victim of mother nature!

If need us, as always we're here to help.

All the Best and Happy Firing,
Jenn
The Jen-Ken Tech Girl

09 August 2015

PART ONE: 3-Key Controller Tricks

Everyday prospective buyers ask me which type of controller is better; the 3-key or the 12-key. What I tell them is "There is no better... it reallly comes down to what you have or can afford."

A 3-key controller can do almost everything a 12-key can do, but it just takes longer to get the programming done. And, it doesn't matter if it's a Paragon, Olympic, Evenheat or Jen-Ken kiln... all 3-key controllers work the same way. If your impatient or easily distracted, like me, a 12-key might be the right choice for you.  Either way the digital controller, either 3-key or 12-key can be your friend if your know these simple tricks.  So, this week I'll share 3-key controller tricks you might not know about.

3-Key Controllers - COOL OPTIONS THAT ARE HIDDEN!
During an active firing, the INCREASE button will activate an options menu and scroll through the available options with each button press. These options allow you to make adjustments to the firing program without stopping the firing. The available options follow...

SKIP STEP During an active heating, cooling or hold time, it is possible to skip ahead to the next program step. Press the INCREASE button to display the skip step prompt SStP. Then press the PROGRAM button to display the current ramp or hold segment. Press the PROGRAM button again to initiate the skip and the controller display returns to the normal firing mode. If the DECREASE button is pressed, the skip step function is canceled and the controller display returns to the normal firing mode.The skip function can be used to end a hold time early or to skip from any heating/cooling step to the next heating/cooling step. The skip function does nothing during the final program step. To end a final program step, simply press STOP.

ADD MORE HOLD TIMEDuring an active heating, cooling or hold time, it is possible to add more hold time to the current program step. Press the INCREASE button until the hold time prompt HLdt is displayed. Then Press the PROGRAM button to display the current hold time. Press the INCREASE button to add five (5) minute increments to the original hold time. Then press the PROGRAM button to return to the normal firing mode. If the DECREASE button is pressed while the HLDT prompt is displayed, the controller display returns to the normal firing mode.

CHANGE HEATING OR COOLING TEMPSDuring an active heating, cooling or hold time, it is possible to change the heating or cooling temperature of the current program step. Press the INCREASE button until the change temperature prompt CHGT is displayed. Then press the PROGRAM button to display the current temperature setting. Adjust the temperature setting with the INCREASE or DECREASE buttons. Then press the PROGRAM button to return to the normal firing mode. If the DECREASE button is pressed while the CHGT prompt is displayed, the controller display returns to the normal firing mode.


THRESHOLD ALARM- During the firing, it is possible to set an audible alarm and display alarm for when the actual temperature reaches a specified value. The buzzer will sound (for 30 seconds) and the display will show the alarm code ALAR.To set the alarm, press the INCREASE button during the active firing until the alarm prompt ALAR is displayed. Then press the PROGRAM button to display the current alarm temperature setting. Adjust the temperature setting with the INCREASE or DECREASE buttons. Then press the PROGRAM button to return to the normal firing mode. If the DECREASE button is pressed while the ALAr prompt is displayed, the controller display returns to the normal firing mode. The alarm is disabled (turned off) when the alarm value is set to 32°F (0ยบC). The alarm value can be reset or changed many times during a single firing. To silence an active alarm, simply press any button.

I hope these few tricks up your sleeves with help you get even more out of firing your kilns!  Stay tuned for next week's PART TWO: 12-KEY CONTROLLER MAGIC!

Your Kiln Gal,
Gail

02 August 2015

BIGGER, FASTER and MORE PORTABLE KILN! ...and my 2-cents on the value!

It isn't often that we get this type of opportunity and we are so genuinely excited to share it with you. So, with out further hesitation, Jen-Ken and Kiln Frog are proud to announce the newest member of the Pro-Fusion Fiber Line...

The Jen-Ken Pro-Fusion 14!  

This limited edition kiln is BIGGER, FASTER and MORE PORTABLE than any other fiber kiln!  As this kiln is an exclusive to us at KILN FROG, it will ONLY available for a short time and is in VERY LIMITED QUANITY.  Did we mention that we were excited about this kiln? And, that this killer price that includes FREE SHIPPING! Check it out HERE! (It's so low we can't even post it!)

Here's the scoop!
  • This awesome fiber kiln will fire to full fusing temperatures in 35 minutes!
  • You'll have a full square foot of firing space! - That's 12" x 12" x 6" of firing space!
  • This kiln can be ordered with a 3-key or a 12-key controller!
  • You can fire on Fiber... or on a Clay shelf
  • You can plug this kiln into ANY household 120 Volt-20 amp plug! - No need for a Dedicated Circuit!
  • There's a built in Stand! 
  • This kiln has the famous JUMP START preprogramming you love!
  • There are a limited number of these new models available until production goes into full distribution!
So... Here's my two cents: The Pro-Fusion Fiber Line of kilns is so unique and innovative that everyone wants at least one fiber kiln in their studio. This kiln is perfect for just about all fusing projects including jewelry, plates, bowls, window panels, and more. it's fast, light, easy to fire.
Most importantly, we think it's the best deal in the entire Pro-Fusion Fiber line! When you check out the price you'll see that you get more square firing space than the 15" round "Bonnie Glo" model (You can only fire a 9.5" square in a 13" interior round kiln.) In a 12" square interior kiln you can fire a 12" square and a 12" round. That's more space for your money! Plus, you get that world famous Jen-Ken service that everyone talks about!

If you have been waiting to buy a fiber kiln... NOW IS YOUR TIME!  And, if you have any questions, just send us an e-mail and, as always, we will be happy to help.

Your Kiln Gal - Gail