How to clean black iron frying pans and other firing mysteries.

I like to cook and I use black iron frying pans. Good for your health. They get dirty. Next time you fire, put one of them in the fire for a couple of minutes.  They won’t be dirty anymore.

Here is something strange.

I have glazes that melt at about 1170C. in my wood kiln. They melt at about 1100C. in my kerosene kiln. Same glaze, same clay, same pyrometer and probe. I think it has something to do with pressure in the kiln, the kerosene kiln has more positive pressure, or the volume of the kiln. My noborigama is about 25 times larger than my kerosene kiln.


About togeii

I have lived in Japan for 19 years doing ceramics almost the whole time. I have a wood burning noborigama and a long snake kiln.. I
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3 Responses to How to clean black iron frying pans and other firing mysteries.

  1. Stefan says:

    Nice reading! I have had the same experience with glazes. I belive that it has to do with reduction. The glaze doesnt start to run before it is reoxidiced – something that doesent happen in the wood firings I am refferring to as much. Pressure and reduction is linked in some ways so maybe we are talking about the same fenomenon.

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