Becky, I highly recommend to find a kiln technician (probably you can find one in the phone book or online) that could come out and check things out for you. I would rather be safe than sorry. Talk to your principal and they would probably be willing to pay for it (at my old school since it was a large piece of equipment, it came out of a different budget than our art supply budget). The technician will know all about the venting, electrical wiring and can answer any questions you have about firing.
> >> 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
> >> 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-