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Daniel Orr

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  1. Thank you all. I will post when I get it up and running and have completed a glaze firing.
  2. Thank you. I think I may have an idea. I was researching and found out that skutt makes an oval kiln that can run on single phase but can only reach cone 1. My guess, and I'm not really sure cause I can't seem to wrap my head around all of the electrical, is that the reason my kiln, amaco ex-1850, can't be converted is that firing it to cone 10 wouldn't be advisable and safe as well as not being able to get UL to list it. It seems that Skutt figured it could get a UL listing if the top end was cone 1. That said amaco has a wire diagram on their website that shows the 1850 in single phase. Hmmm...? What is this about? Aren't amaco kilns and skutt kilns the same? I guess my question now is if I can get a new terminal block, two ins instead of three, and make sure the wiring is the correct gauge, get new 240 elements and never fire above cone 1 will it work? Any thoughts? I think I have all of the breaker stuff worked out as I got new service, 225amp, to my house. I dug a trench and ran lines to my studio so that the studio would be able to have a 100amp breaker dedicated to the kiln as the manufacturer recommends. I had an electrician hook it all up and guide me as to the gauge of wire. Thanks for all of the amazingly quick input from the people that have replyed to my post. I am new to this forum and I am impressed by what I have seen. I look forward to interacting often in the future. Dan
  3. I have an oval kiln that is 208 three phase. I bought it when I had a studio that had three phase power. Now my studio is at home (240 single phase) and the tech at the company where I bought it says its the only kiln that can't be converted and he wouldn't give me any other info. Does anybody know anything about what the risks are if I have my electrician hook it up to 240 single phase? Other than trying to sell the kiln and buy a new one, I am at a loss. I was researching phase converters and saw this on clayart and wonder if anyone can corroborate, (There is no reason to get phase converters to run a 3 phase kiln. Converters are meant to service inductive loads like 3 phase electric motors because with them there is no alternative to three phase current. Simple resistive loads like kilns can be rewired to run on single phase and when the 208 volt elements burn out, have a set of the correct elements on hand to replace them. Contact your kiln manufacturer to get the proper elements along with a schematic of how to wire them and you will save thousands of dollars and much heartache. ) Any help would be very much appreciated.

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