PLEASE NOTE: This kit DOES NOT INCLUDE: a propane tank, kiln posts, garbage cans, or metal tubs.
The kiln is shipped with a bag of shredded paper inside. Not only does it provide crush resistance during transit without adding excessive shipping weight, but it can also be used as reduction material for your first firing. Also great reduction material: leaves, sawdust, excelsior, hamster/gerbil bedding, and pine needles. Your kiln was also packed with styrofoam packing peanuts. Do NOT use these for reduction material. In most cases (when you aren't using commercially available liquid raku glazes), raku glazes should be mixed dry, then prepared with water as needed for each firing session. This is particularly important in glazes with a high content of gerstley borate. Safety is of utmost concern when raku firing. Make all participants and spectators aware of the open flame and the layout of the raku set-up so that no one gets hurt. Also make them aware of the flurry of activity that will occur when the firing is complete and the pots are moved to the reduction material or water. A “dry run” of this is helpful in choreographing duties and requirements of the participants as well as making sure that reduction material and water is in a convenient location. An extra bucket of water on hand for safety is also recommended. We encourage you to experiment with how regular low-fire glazes work in a raku firing. Some will work great and some won’t, and you can only find out by testing.