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Kiln difficulties

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John and Diane Matthews (matthews)
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 08:18:26 -0600


Can anyone help me out. I am a new teacher, and I acquired a kiln that
looks like it should be replaced. There is no metal casing or double wall
around the unit. A prong is missing from the inside. And the entire thing
is just a bunch of fire bricks put together with metal straps. The bricks
are extremely brittle and break easily. The teacher that used it last year
only said that it burnt up the last two loads and it got so hot and smelly
that she had to come on Saturdays and run it. It actually burn the tiles
underneath it on the floor so that they ended up purchasing a heat shield
for it. It is not vented and sits on regular bricks on top of the floor.
I don't have instructions for it and and the teacher from last year said
only to put it on low for two hours high for four and low for two--which
sounds a bit odd to me. It is not automatic. Does anyone have any
suggestions? How does a new art teacher determine the safety of a kiln?

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