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#1 Stephen

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:32 PM

looking at adding a small skutt 818 and it has a broken element and a row of 6 cracked and/or missing bricks on bottom row of bottom ring. I have never replaced bricks before. They are $12 a piece (and it needs 6 of them) and the element is $38 at kilnparts.com. Was going to youtube and surf for instructions.

 

Any advice on this repair?

 

Anyone dealt with kilnparts.com? good price on bricks?

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 11:04 PM

You'll need to replace the bricks. You can't fix those breaks. Make sure those are factory original parts.


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 12:53 PM

there's a few youtube videos regarding how to replace the bricks, it's not that hard, just time consuming.  Nice thing is the Skuutt 818 isn't a very big kiln, so it's easier to manhandle the sections so you can DIY.

 

Basically you unplug, take the control box off then unstack the sections to get to the bottom one.  Flip it over onto a flat surface and release the steel jacket.  After you replace the bricks, you'll need to sand them down so everything is flat.  Replace your element, then reinstall everything back together.  Test fire.

 

You may consider getting some backup parts for your kiln if you have the $ - extra thermocouple, relay, element.



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Posted 10 March 2017 - 10:09 AM

well decided against that kiln but thanks for the input. Good deal but too much uncertainty on rest of kiln as I can only inspect pictures and suspect it was dropped.



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Posted 10 March 2017 - 12:00 PM

I see broken bottom rings all the time. They seem to get banged more by the shelves, and sometimes people will move the kiln by sitting it on a dolly or cart, and bottom bricks get broken.


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