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  1. Handles Torquing

    Handles are pulled, set up for a bit and then attached. Sometimes I pull a bit more after attaching if they're too thick.
  2. Some of the handles on my teapots are torquing. I've lined them up with the spout when assembling but a few have come out of the glaze fire torqued. Any suggestions?
  3. Why are my handles torquing on some teapots?

  4. Skutt 818 Kiln

    My studio is in the garage, which is attached to the house and has a concrete floor. It's a small space and need a small kiln. Since pottery is my hobby and I won't be doing any production work I don't think that will be an issue. There' a concrete floor . I'm having 240/30amps put in while we're having other electrical work done on our place. I'm planning to do some cone 10 firing and experiment with glazes but really want to be able to bisque on my own. The specs on the 818 are up to cone 10 and describe it as a good small studio kiln. The price and size are a good fit for me but I wanted to get some feed back from other potters before buying.
  5. Skutt 818 Kiln

    What are your requirements for a kiln? What space do you have for it? Is there a fire-safe floor where you plan to put it (for example concrete rather than wood or carpet)? Do you have to make wiring changes, such as installing a new circuit dedicated to the kiln? Are you ABLE to make wiring changes should you need to (eg rental situation or you own your home)? That kiln is wired with a 6-50 plug - is there an existing 6-50 plug in the house? If there is I would think it would be on a 50A breaker since that's actually a plug rated for 50A - is there anything else on that circuit? I wouldn't like to put anything else on the same circuit with something like a kiln because of the possibility of power surges when all those elements kick on - even if there's spare amperage, I wouldn't feel comfortable having anything but a dedicated circuit for this kind of equipment. How high do you intend to fire on a regular basis? The Skutt only goes to cone 8 and will probably serve you better if you don't top that out - so treating it like a cone 6 kiln will likely lengthen it's life span. What you want to fire has a big impact on what the appropriate kiln for you would be. The L&L Liberty Belle is about the same size as the 818 and is rated to cone 10 on 30A service. Paragon also makes a kiln in this size range that fires to cone 8. Are you limited to a small kiln, and if so, is that because of space considerations, or wiring? Can't really make kiln recommendations without knowing what you want to do with it and what your situation is as relates to safe installation. Skutt as a kiln manufacturer seems to be highly regarded; I prefer an L&L however because of the ceramic channel they use for their elements. It not only increases element life and efficiency, it increases the overall life of your kiln because it prevents damage to the firebrick. I've been told it cuts element replacement time in half when you do finally need to replace them. But to recommend a specific kiln we'd more information.
  6. I'm buying my first kiln for a very small studio space. I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Skutt 818 kiln and what you thought of it. Any other recommendations for first kiln purchase?
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