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Old 2020-03-02, 4:46pm
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When I was first starting out, I used an old deep fryer and filled it with vermiculite. Set it on the highest setting (which I figured was somewhat hotter than a crockpot). Used it for a while, but when I started making things I really liked, I quickly made it a priority to purchase a kiln.
A digital kiln is of course preferable, but you can also anneal in any kiln that has a stepless controller, and later add a digital kiln minder (controller). Using a manual (stepless) kiln requires about an hour and a half of minding the kiln temperature after you are done working for the day and you will have to do some experimenting to learn how your kiln works. I used a manual kiln for the first 10 or 12 years that I did glass and had no problems.
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