I have become bored and started playing with C# again. This time I designed a virtual kiln controller. It can calculate firing times based on a Bartlett controller’s prescribed programs, or it can accept a custom firing program. It is my eventual goal to have the software be able to estimate temperatures during firing as well as during cooling, but for the moment it only does the firing temperatures. Cooling is much harder because of all of the factors involved (including kiln fullness). The application tries to mimic the Bartlett V6-CF displays for the temperature and status display. It is a fairly simple application that I designed last week and over the weekend. It works for those of us who would like to know what temperature our kiln might be at, without spending $900 on K.I.S.S.
If you are interested, you can grab a copy of VirtualKiln from http://www.pcfire.net/VirtualKiln/