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Re: Kiln difficulties

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Dianna (dmammone)
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 17:53:06 -0500

This kiln can probably not be saved, the damage is too extensive. Don't try
to fire it, in my opinion it is a health hazard. There is really not much
to salvage from something like this.
If you really aren't sure you are qualified to pronounce this kiln dead,
call the local fire department and show it to them. That could raise some
conciseness (sp) about the poor conditions and materials you are forced to
make do with.
-----Original Message-----
From: John and Diane Matthews <matthews>
To: 'artsednet' <>
Date: Tuesday, February 02, 1999 9:28 AM
Subject: Kiln difficulties

>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?