Every now and then I forget why I got frustrated enough to mostly give up claying, wander into my cube, make bunch of stuff and wreck it in the oven.
I had a low-level toaster oven that I bought via Craig's List for 20 bucks and it worked perfectly for years. When it died, I bought one of same brand. No good; returned it. Bought one with excellent reviews. No good; returned it. Bought a roaster. No good, stuck with it. Bought a Black & Decker convection toaster oven and thought it was ok until it started burning pieces. I usually bake outside, so I blamed not adjusting the temperature properly to account for the weather. Put the oven thermometer in. According to the thermometer, it never go past 200 degrees. Tried pre-heating, all kind of stuff. Blamed the thermometer, bought a new Farberware thermometer. Now, the old one says 290, the new one says 210 and pieces burn.
Is there a source of truth out there anywhere? Do I have to experiment with not burning white clay and call that good?