pyro and cyano
I printed a side by side pyro neg, regular neg and step tablet on Cot 320 paper. The good news--the pyro neg did print; it wasn't a square of white. The bad news, it looks like a 12 minute exposure is best (a little lighter than a very dense regularly developed neg printed at the same time) when the actual standard printing time on that paper with 1A:1B traditional is 6 minutes. Thus I would wager a bet that the pyro negs if NOT run through an afterbath of spent developer is going to be in the order of 1 or more stops more exposure than a non-pyro negative. But none of my tests showed pure white squares of nothing and thus I am wondering if there is something further wrong with your light set up. I guess I can't know unless I printed one of your negs.
OH, and the contrast is a little excessive for cyanotype as well. I get 6 stops on my cyano-printed step wedge, but the shadows are blocked up on the pyro print before the highlights are fully printed. Which stands to reason why pt/pd printers LOVE pyro but why it might be difficult for cyanotype unless the range of the negative is more compressed. So....hopefully some of this helps.
Christina Z. Anderson