26 October 2016

After installing new elements, should I fire the kiln empty or is it OK to just start firing normally?

In the ideal situation, after installing new elements, the kiln should be empty for the first firing. This allows the elements to form an oxide coating without interference from external sources. However, if you are under a tight schedule, you can fire with items in the kiln during that first firing. This will only slightly affect the life of the element.