It should be 200 or 300f in the front of the kiln. The goal at this point is to slowly heat everything up at about 50f an hour. We start with the fire outside the kiln. Not too worried about the thermocouple, we’ll fix it once people are awake.
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Always love the late night/early morning preheat, before everything gets hot and dangerous. At this stage I usually stick my arm in the upper stoke to test the temp/make sure it doesn’t get too hot.