Manually programming a typical electric hobby kiln electronic controller

Wednesday 20th May 2015

I enter (and tune) programs manually and document them in my account at This controller can hold six, it calls them Users. Whatever program I last entered or edited is the one that runs when I press "Start". When I press the "Enter Program" button it asks which User: I key in "2" (my cone 6 test bar firing program). Then it asks how many segments: I press Enter to accept the 3 (I am editing the program). After that it asks questions about each step (rows 2, 3, 4): the Ramp "rA" (degrees F/hr), the Temperature to go to (°F) to and the Hold time in minutes (HLdx). In this program I am heating at 300F/hr to 240F and holding 60 minutes, then 400/hr to 2095 and holding zero minutes, then at 108/hr to 2195 and holding 10 minutes. The last step is to set a temperature where an alarm should start sounding (I set 9999 so it will never sound). When complete it reads "Idle". Then I press the "Start" button to begin. If I want to change it I press the "Stop" button. Those ten other buttons? Don't use them, automatic firing is not accurate. One more thing: If it is not responding to "Enter Program" press the Stop button first.

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

Electric Hobby Kilns: What You Need to Know, Why is the clay blistering on this figurine?, Controller, Firing Schedule, Drop-and-Soak Firing, Manually program your kiln or suffer glaze defects!, Cone 6 Drop-and-Soak Firing Schedule

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