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What Is This? Is This Mold?

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Hi!

 

I just came across this wonderful forum page and hopefully someone here can help me out!

 

I recently bought a used kiln but did not have a proper space for it, so I kept it in safe storage for a while. Ive finally built an outside  space for it, but unfortunately it had to be left outside covered with a tarp for a few days until the electrician came. Naturally it decided to rain for the entire week, so I'm afraid the tarp didn't fully hold up to its potential. Being that I got the kiln a while ago, I can't remember if the underside of the lid always looked like this. I was wondering what do you think this dark ring looks like? I think it looks like it could be mold, but am not fully sure. Do you think, because of the condensation from the rain, mold started to grow on the underside of the lid? Is there anyways of removing this potential mold by burning it off or scraping it?  

 

Hope someone here can help!

 

-G

 

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Welcome to the forum.

 

So would you say the kiln brick got wet? If so, you'll want to make sure it's dry before firing, and give the electic components a good check as well.

 

With that said, firing the kiln will indeed burn off the mold,mand is a better option than scraping the kiln brick.

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As Ben says, check out the electrical components, the switch boxes, setter etc. The kiln itself looks mostly OK, I would make certain some of the dust and other things are cleared of the elements-I noticed something that looked like a piece for broken firebrick in a top element groove. I would do an over night candle with the bottom element only-lid propped open 4-6 inches to thouroughly dry the lid section and the rest of the kiln, then fire at slow bisque cycle. You really don't want to heat it up too fast if you have water in the brick, this could cause cracking or spalling.  All this in my humble opinion. . .. 

 

 

best,

Pres

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Thank you everyone for giving great advice! I made sure to disconnect the switch box and keep it inside while the kiln was outside under the tarp, so thankfully that is nice and dry. I'm going to take everyone's advice and fire on low with the lid slightly propped. Hopefully this will work and thank you again for all the suggestions!

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