If they install a heat detector by your kiln be sure they do not to it directly,
or even diagonally, above the kiln. I had BRAND NEW classroom (2 years old)
with ventilation and kiln room built into the plans. It was not fool proof
either. However, a heat detector would most likely be better.
The part I found ironic is that after the detector went off they wanted my to
prop my door to the kiln room open while I was firing so the heat would not
build up in the room. I thought the whole purpose of having a door that shut
automatically to the kiln room was to keep both fire and fumes in the room.
There was a larger hood for the fan sitting in the closet for 2 1/2 years that
they kept saying they would put on...wouldnt it have made more sense to put the
proper hood on so the ventilation would work better? Oh well....
> HELP PLEASE
> Hopefully someone can help me.......I fired the kiln yesterday with
> greenware....and about 7 hrs into firing (at 3:05 pm. the kids were being
> dismissed to buses and cars!!) our smoke detector went off and set the fire
> alarms howling, promptly sending out the fire trucks to the school!!! This
> is the first time this has happened and I am not sure why it happened now.
> There was no detected smoke at all and I had the fan above the kiln going the
> whole time. It is the first firing of the year and our building manager said
> maybe there was "accumulated dust" which set it off. The fire marshal
> recomended that we remove the smoke detector near the kiln and install a
> "heat detector" instead. What do you think??....has anyone ever had this
> problem in past??? (and to Heather..my colleague at school----stop
> laughing!!! :) ) Thanks in advance for any suggestions. DeDe
> (I want to fire again next week, but am really apprensive)