Fredrick Paget on fri 17 dec 04
I have been wondering for a long time what potassium chloride or
potassium carbonate would do in a salt firing. They sell potassium
chloride in big sacks for use in some kind of water softeners up in
the next county to the north of here where they have hard water. (Our
water here is soft so nobody uses water softeners).
Anybody ever try it?
I can't experiment at the college for fear of a lynch party if it
didn't work well. The kiln is always full of students work.
From Fred Paget, Marin County, California, USA
mel jacobson on fri 17 dec 04
we have found at the farm that
`rock` is best.
morton's `table` is good.
and those rather cheap, table salts without iodine
that cost about 20 cents a box is good.
we just stay away from water softener salt.
it just seems to be goofy. no scientific evidence,
we just don't like it. just like old droopy window
glass. we avoid it. i get my window glass as kraemer's
true value. none of it droops...ever. and, it is never
in liquid form. always a solid. and, be careful of the
edges, they can cut a guy to ribbons.
Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.A.
web site: my.pclink.com/~melpots
or try: http://www.pclink.com/melpots
Hank Murrow on sat 18 dec 04
On Dec 17, 2004, at 10:20 PM, Fredrick Paget wrote:
> I have been wondering for a long time what potassium chloride or
> potassium carbonate would do in a salt firing.
> Anybody ever try it?
> I can't experiment at the college for fear of a lynch party if it
> didn't work well. The kiln is always full of students work.
Isn't that the truth? Funny how the place where experiment should be
given the highest priority becomes the place where folks are 'afraid'
to try something new because it might not be pretty?
At the U of Oregon, where I studied, I built a kiln to test burner
ideas, and found that salts of lithium were very effective in 'salting'
ware. Guess it is a good argument for small kilns!