ABLE OF ONTENTS Glass Master Operating Manual ...4 ELCOME Be Safe ... 5 ...5 EFORE TART Set Up and Location ... 6 NSPECT THE SSEMBLE THE RIME RIME RIME HELVES AND HELVES AND HELVES AND OCATING ...7 IRING ROCEDURE NDERSTANDING THE NDERSTANDING THE NDERSTANDING THE 3 Programming Levels ...
ELCOME ELCOME TO THE Congratulations on the purchase of your new HotStart PRO glass fusing kiln. Finally a kiln has been developed with the needs of the beginning fuser in mind. We hope you get years of enjoyment with this kiln and it serves as a springboard in developing your skills as a glass artist.
Be Safe Tens of thousands of kilns are used safely in homes, schools, and professional studios throughout the world. With a good understanding of your kiln and a little common sense you can avoid mishaps. Please observe the following safety recommendations: ♦...
EFORE TART Set Up and Location NSPECT THE Carefully remove the kiln and accessories from the Hot Start Kiln box. The box should include the following if purchased with an accessory kit. Hot Start Kiln 8 oz. (.25kg) Kiln Wash* 3 - 1”...
OCATING 1. Locate your kiln near a 120V outlet. Position the kiln to the left of your electrical outlet so the cord will have a direct path to the outlet. Never use an extension cord. 2. Install it in a well ventilated, sheltered area such as a carport, garage, utility or hobby room. It should be convenient to where you are working, and out of the way of trafﬁ...
NDERSTANDING THE 3 Programming Levels There are 3 different skill levels that you can set on your Hot Start Pro controller. Each level increases the pro- gramming options as well as the complexity of the controller. As your needs grow your controller can grow with you.
Five Programming Modes The GlassMaster LT now has Five programming modes. Each controller is shipped from the factory in “AUTO” mode. When your skills improve you can access the advanced modes simply by pressing the Up Arrow key for 4 seconds. Press the Down Arrow key while in Idle state for 4 seconds to return to the Beginner Level.
NDERSTANDING THE Key Press Description The GlassMaster LT has a 7 segment LED display. This sometimes requires creative ways for representing let- ters. For example the number “5” is also used to represent the letter “S”. See page 11 for a complete list of all the display messages along with a description of their meaning.
NDERSTANDING ONTROLLER Display Messages The GlassMaster LT has a 7 segment LED display. This sometimes requires creative ways for representing letters. For example the number “5” is also used to represent the letter “S”. Below is a list of all the display messages along with a descrip- tion of their meaning.
NDERSTANDING ONTROLLER Display Messages (continued) SSEG This message indicates Skip Segment. (See “Skip Segment” pg. 21) StOP This message represents STOP. It indicates that the program has been stopped. It will only brieﬂ y show on the display. This message represents Add Time. (See “Add Time” pg. 21) This message represents Add Temperature.
To make things easy to understand we have identiﬁ ed 6 steps to fusing and slumping in your Hot Start Kiln. Here are a few tips which should help you get started. HELVES The kiln accessory kit comes with a 13” (33 cm) shelf and three 1” (2.5 cm) support posts. Place the posts on the bot- tom of the kiln in a triangular pattern and then place the shelf on top of the posts.
ASIC IRING The GlassMaster LT controller is designed with the beginning fuser in mind. It is important to have a good general understanding of the principals of glass before programming your kiln. Therefore we recommend reading the General Firing Guidelines section of this manual before programming the kiln. 1 - S IDLE S TART IN...
4 - V ERIFY ETTINGS The next two entries allow you to modify the ending temperature and hold time of the factory-set programs. For detailed instruction on how and when to adjust these settings see Glass 101. If the controller is not set in Modify Glass Fire Mode go directly to Step 5.
ASIC IRING As mentioned earlier, after visual inspection of your glass you may decide you want to modify your process tempera- ture values to create more or less heatwork in your next ﬁ ring. In GlassFire Mode you can only change the Process values. The Process Values include the peak temperature and hold time at peak temperature in the program.
6 - M ODIFYING HANGING THE ROCESS After you have entered the Process Temperature in a program and have pressed Enter, the kiln will ﬂ ash the current Process Hold Time alternately with HLd. Press once. The controller will quit ﬂ ashing and only show the Process Hold Time in hours and minutes. Everything to the left of the decimal is hours and everything to the right is minutes.
DVANCED ROGRAMING With PRO Mode you can design and run Ramp and Hold programs that meet the speciﬁ c needs of your glass. You can program up to 8 segments and store up to 5 programs. For more information regarding deﬁ ning and designing Ramp and Hold Programs consult the Glass 101 section of this manual.
5 - S ELECT UMBER OF EGMENTS The display should be ﬂ ashing “SEG” alternately with the current segment setting. The display should be ﬂ ashing “SEG” alternately with the current segment setting. The display should be ﬂ ashing “SEG” alternately with the current segment setting. Press to select the number of segment you wish to use in your program.
DVANCED ROGRAMING EGMENT The View Segment feature is used to view which segment of the program the kiln is currently running. This feature is particularly useful when used in conjunction with the Skip Segment function to determine that the correct segment is cur- rently running.
The Edit Mode Features were designed to allow the artist to adjust the program while it is running. These features are generally used after a visual inspection of the project indicates a change in the program is needed. Edit Mode Features can be accessed from both a GlassFire program and a Ramp and Hold Program.
DVANCED ROGRAMMING EMPERATURE The Add Temperature feature adds temperature in 5 °F (3 °C) increments to the temperature in segment two. This is considered the Process Temperature since it is holding at the peak temperature of the program. You will only be able to ac- cess this feature when the program is currently in the Segment 2 Hold.
The following guidelines just scratch the surface of the knowledge base associated with ﬁ ring glass. We highly suggest you take a ﬁ ring class from your local dealer. If classes are not available in your area there are numerous books available on the subject that can be found at bookstores and on the internet.
LASS Critical Temperature Ranges A “Critical Temperature Range” is any temperature or temperature range in the ﬁ ring cycle that has a high level of potential for limiting the success of the project. Limited success can be expressed as overﬁ red, underﬁ red, breakage, devitriﬁ...
USING Fusing is the process of joining 2 or more pieces of glass together by the application of heat. The glass may be in the form of sheets, stringers, frit or a host of other forms. There are different degrees of fusing. You may want to fuse glass so it sticks to another piece of glass without deforming.
LASS The Basics Glass fusing is simply the process of stacking two or more layers of compatible glass together to make a Glass fusing is simply the process of stacking two or more layers of compatible glass together to make a Glass fusing is simply the process of stacking two or more layers of compatible glass together to make a design.
Frequently Asked Questions Q. Do you have to re-coat the kiln shelf with primer every time you use it? Q. Do you have to re-coat the kiln shelf with primer every time you use it? Q. Do you have to re-coat the kiln shelf with primer every time you use it? Q.
LASS USING Frequently Asked Questions Q. What causes sharp edges on the project? Q. What causes sharp edges on the project? Q. What causes sharp edges on the project? Q. What causes sharp edges on the project? Q. What causes sharp edges on the project? Dragging is usually caused by over ﬁ...
Stainless Steel Forms: • Stainless steel forms come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well. They have to be primed Stainless steel forms come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well. They have to be primed Stainless steel forms come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well.
ENERAL NFORMATION Troubleshooting If you ﬁ nd yourself in this section of the manual please remember that Skutt and your Hot Start Kiln Dealer are here to help you as long as you own your kiln. If you are unable to determine the problem, or just need to order parts, please let us know.
ENERAL NFORMATION I...? How Do I Go Back A Step When I Make A Mistake In Programming? You can’t go back a step but you can start over at any point by holding down the ENTER key until it beeps. This will take you back to IDLE MODE.
ENERAL NFORMATION GlassFire Programs Slow Medium Fast full slump Rate Soak Temp 250°F/Hour 300°F 400°F/Hour By Process 9999°F/Hour 950°F 100°F/Hour 800°F Rate Soak Temp 350°F/Hour 300°F 600°F/Hour By Process 9999°F/Hour 950°F 150°F/Hour 800°F Rate Soak Temp 500°F/Hour 300°F 800°F/Hour By Process 9999°F/Hour 950°F 175°F/Hour...
My Programs ROGRAM ROGRAM ROGRAM ROGRAM ROGRAM ROGRAM ROGRAM ROGRAM Factory Set Casting Program ROGRAM ROGRAM 150F/hr 250F/hr 250F 1500F 00:15 00:05 PARE PARE PARE PARE ENERAL 1000F/hr 30F/hr 950F 750F 02:30 00:20 NFORMATION...
ENERAL NFORMATION Warranty & Repairs All Skutt Kilns come with a 2 year warranty. This warranty is included in the bag that contained this manual. For details regarding what is covered in the warranty and how to obtain warranty service, please consult the warranty. There are certain repairs that can be done fairly easily.
Electrical Requirements & Wiring Diagram The chart below shows the recommended electrical speciﬁ cation for the Hot Start Kiln. If you are uncertain about your existing power, have it checked by an electrician. If you are installing a new kiln, have the electrician follow this guide.