Pyrometric cones measure heat-work (the effect of time and temperature).
cones are slender pyramids made from about 100 carefully controlled
compositions. Each cone number is unique in measuring temperature
within a small temperature range (less than 30°C). Cones measure the
amount of heat absorbed. As the cone nears its maturing range, it
softens and the tip begins to bend, drawn down by the influence of
3 cone method for monitoring heat-work
Orton also provides a computer program to relate bending behavior of cones to temperature, heating rate and hold time.
Large and Self-Supporting cones are used as witness cones to monitor the firing and verify temperature uniformity.
Also see the Orton Cone Chart for temperature equivalent tables and Charts for converting cone bending angle to temperature.