This is the first firing of this little, Olympic, gas test kiln. Yesterday I changed my plan to take it easy, when I remembered that I had purchased a diamond blade. So I headed to the studio and put the blade on my ancient, way too heavy, circular saw. It took a while but I was able to make two cuts on an old 5/8" thick silicon carbide shelf. Now that I had two more shelves, I decided to batch up a few more tests. Needless to say there was no time to rest my aching back.
At 4 o'clock I came in to get started on dinner and after dinner and a Netflix movie (The Greatest Game Ever Played), went back to the studio to put some things away. I covered the kiln for the night and went in to play with kitty, and read for a bit. I wound up falling asleep a little after 9, woke at 10, stayed up about 10 minutes and went right back to sleep. I was up a bit before 4am, so I worked on the glazes notes and a bit before daybreak went out to turn on the kiln. The kiln kept kicking off after a minute or so and I was afraid that something was wrong with either the regulator or the pilot; but after about 6 tries and turning the gas up a hair more it stayed on; but that kiln is running away. At 8am it's over 850F; and those two small burners don't seem to be on that high.
Once it seemed to be holding, I came in to make breakfast and then went back out to the studio to get my soda/salt mix ready. At the rate this kiln is climbing it will be done before dinner! If it were pots instead of test tiles, mostly slips, in there I'd be worried about how rapidly this kiln is firing!