>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?