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About RebeccaC

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    S E OKlahoma, USA
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    wheel thrown pottery, dogs, horses, outdoors

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  1. Thanks for the reply, Linda. In the summer here, it sometimes gets over 100 degrees, and even with opening the two 6' doors, and running a room pedestal fan, I sometimes put a really small fan pointed directly on the controller. I do worry about the heat, and don't want to fry the electronics! Thanks, again.
  2. Thanks for the help! I'm not always sure about the validity of some of what I read on the internet, and wanted to double-check.
  3. I live in SE Oklahoma, and the nights here lately have been running in the mid 20's temperatures. My question is: do I need to "warm" my new L & L kiln controller/panel before starting my bisque firing in the evening when the temp is dropping? The slow bisque program runs about 13 hours, and I'm adding a 2 hour pre heat. Seems I read about this "warming" idea somewhere once, and am not sure if it is really necessary for the electronics on the control panel. My kiln is situated in a small 2 car garage/building, concrete floor, metal sides and roof, no insulation, and plenty of ventilation. I also run the automatic vent that came with the kiln. I am not fond of the idea of a space heater running just for the controller, but will if needed. Any thoughts on this? Thanks for all the help. RebeccaC
  4. Neilestrick: Thanks so much for your reply! I knew there had to be another solution that I hadn't learned about yet. It looks like the Bartlett controller will work pretty much like the existing one I have, and hubby (he's a retired civil engineer with an extensive background in electricity/electronics) thinks it will work, also. This is a life-saver, for my kiln, especially.
  5. Hello all. I've been a lurker for a while on this forum. Lots of great folks, and lots of great info! My reason for posting is this: I've acquired a used Paragon kiln, a TNF 243, from a school district. It's seen a fair amount of use, but is not on it's last leg. Best I can gather is it's about 7 years old. Bricks are all still good, elements are testing out just fine as far as we can tell. None of them were bulging, or were broken. It has a digital controller, the Sentry 2.0 12-key, which sort of worked at first, but then went south. The last time I fired it, the controller board had a bit of smoke coming from it. The transformer has been replaced, as have the 3 relays. The wiring has been gone through thoroughly, connections were checked, and it all seems to be in order. The wiring coming in for the power has been done correctly, and is run according to code, so I have the correct 50 amp breaker and plug receptacle for the kiln. So, since I've sunk a considerable amount of money into this kiln on top of what I paid for it, I'm considering replacing the controller box with one of the PID controller kits that I've seen on the internet, and actually first heard of on this forum in another post. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of set-up, and how well does it work? I'm going to have to choose between spending a couple hundred dollars for the PID set up, or buying a new controller board for about $350.00. I really like the idea of a digital controller, and was disappointed when this one failed so spectacularly. Any input/suggestions/help/tips/pros/cons would be greatly appreciated. Hubby thinks the PID controller will work, but is just a bit unsure about wiring in the 3 relays, as the wiring diagram that the seller sent is only showing one relay. Thanks in advance! ​Rebecca
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