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Margaret_Yakoda

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  1. To rewire or not to rewire?

    Just got back from discussing this with an electrician. The buck/boost transformer was the wrong idea... we would have needed a step-down transformer. But since those appear to be $4,800, it looks like I'll be calling Skutt after all. :/
  2. To rewire or not to rewire?

    Giltex58: Thanks for the website! I've bookmarked it for sure! Bciskepottery: I forgot about the voltage issue when I made the original post. Thanks for pointing it out. It is something the helpful young man at the nice shop had mentioned might be an issue. Mark, thanks very much your info was extremely helpful. I did a quick google to learn a bit more about the difference between 208 and 240 volt systems, and it seems that I might be able to get something called a "buck/boost transformer" to step down the power to the kiln. We're putting the kiln in a shed we haven't even designed yet (except that one or two walls will be bottle walls) so there's tons of room for deciding how exactly the power will be supplied. First move will be to call an electrician, tho, because the buck/boost transformer is just a bit beyond my partner's electrical skill set.
  3. Newbie here: I have recently bought a second hand Skutt 1027-208, 1 phase, with 3 heat switches. The person I bought the kiln from said it can do cone 10. However, a nice young man who works at a wonderful clay store said the kiln would "struggle like a VW going uphill" to make it even to cone 6. He suggested that I rewire the kiln in order to get it to be able to do cone 10. At first I was convinced, but now I'm not so sure. For one thing, keeping this kiln as-is for low fire and bisque isn't the worst idea. I could possibly find another second hand kiln that's already wired for three phase and a decent deal. (the one I just bought cost me a whopping $825) But Skutt's own website touts cone 10 capability for this kiln. The truth is, I may wish to do some high fire things one day, but for right now I'm still in the early-ish learning phase of things, so just learning how to load and run a kiln will keep me busy for a while. So what do you folks think? Will I need to rewire the kiln? (Assuming it actually works.... It looks pretty new so we are assuming it does. The person selling it says it was only used once - and the family's reason for selling - financial hardship - was no lie, I can tell you.... )
  4. Sawdust kiln?

    Thanks for the book recomendations. I'll see if I can get copies of them. As for having a hood for my kiln, well... there are other considerations in my house that are probably a bit unusual. First off, the house itself was built in the late 30's by a Wobbly who was sqatting on what was at the time paper company land. The walls are concrete block, but the ceiling is very low, and... let's just say "non-standard" wood. The room where the kiln would have otherwise gone also houses the oil heater, which supplies heat to the rest of the bungalow through ducts in the cieling. Since the heater is designed to draw in air from the room, it would make a perfect delivery system for nasty gasses to the whole house. If I put the kiln itself outside, it leaves the heater room available for a wedging table, and lots and lots of shelving. This room has the door which leads to our back yard, and the walk from our back door to the concrete pad is smooth and not very far. But the largest reason for not putting the kiln anywhere in the main house is that my husband has recently been diagnosed with a progressive illness similar to Alzheimers. Right now he wouldn't mess with a kiln, but as his disease progresses I can't be sure he'd be safe around one. Bisque ware and raw clay just don't pose the risk a hot kiln does. So the kiln will go on the concrete pad that's twenty feet on the other side of a lockable gate in a six foot tall chain link fence.
  5. Sawdust kiln?

    Hi Folks, I'm new here. I have decided it's time to put some serious effort into creating my own studio at home. I've done a little bit of pottery before, but am by no means A Potter. Not yet. I hope to buy a second hand electric kiln and wheel soon. I've read here that having a kiln in your house can be all kinds of problematic. Because of that, I plan on running a 220 line underground to a concrete pad we have in our back yard. Not sure what kind of structure I'll build to house the kiln, so advice there is appreciated. That building won't be the main studio. I have space inside the house for that, and I have a medium size wooden out building which will also be used for some studio and office space. Anyhow, the very first thing I want to try is a sawdust kiln. I'll fire it on the concrete pad..... That much I know. Exactly how it's done, well, that's what I need to learn. I have ordered "The Complete Potter: Sawdust Firing" by Karin Hessenberg, but I don't have it yet. And I've seen Simon Leach's video on sawdust firing. But that's the sum total of my knowlege about sawdust kilns. Does anyone here have anything they'd like to share about sawdust kilns? Thanks. Almost forgot to mention that I got an old galvinized steel trash can off Freecycle to use for my sawdust klin. I don't even know how many holes to poke in it, or how big they need to be! LOL. I'm such a Newb!
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