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Re: [teacherartexchange] New (old) Kiln!!!


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 29 2008 - 11:20:14 PDT

Thanks, Jeff and San D!

It sounds like we're good to go. I was getting a hood, anyway, for a
spray booth, so maybe there will be a way to put in a kiln hood at the
same time.

I have used a kiln recently, so I think I remember everything about
firing safely. Unfortunately, all the paperwork for the kiln is
long-gone, but I am giddy that it actually works! I've always wanted
a kiln. Thought this one was a goner!

Thanks, guys!


On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM, Jeff Pridie <> wrote:
> Becky,
> Congrads on your kiln...
> First make sure the area you will be firing in has a vent (hood) and it works. You will need to talk to your schools safety person about electrical connections and fire issues. If you get it ready to plug in realize that the heat coils may or may not function. If it has been very dusty the coils probably will smell when it heats up. When I do a test firing for the fall it usually has a little smell to it (like turing your furnace on in the winter).
> If you have never a kiln before check online how cones work and how you set them up. Also helps you understand the firing times for the type of clay you have.
> Jeff (Minnesota)
>> Hey, all! I just found out that an old kiln that I thought
>> was broken
>> actually works. It's been sitting in my supply room
>> for years because
>> the teacher before me was told that it didn't work. It
>> actually was
>> just missing a small part of a safety switch that was easy
>> to replace,
>> but it kept the thing from turning on. So, now it's
>> fine, but it's
>> been sitting unused, covered in stuff for years.
>> So, what do I need to know about setting up and using a
>> kiln? How do
>> I vent it, etc? A friend gave me a huge tub of clay, so I
>> would like
>> to use it as soon as possible.
>> Thanks!
>> -becky-
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