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#1 StacieBatten

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:38 PM

I recently acquired a kiln, and sadly I have no clue about it. It was my grandmother's, but she never got anywhere as far as information on it due to family health problems. Please if you have any information on these kilns will you please pass it along?? Thank you in advance!!!Attached File  IMG_0090.JPG   172.59KB   3 downloadsAttached File  IMG_0094.JPG   145.2KB   0 downloadsAttached File  IMG_0092.JPG   111.19KB   0 downloads

#2 oldlady

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

may i suggest you look for a company whose name is JenKen.  they are in Lakeland florida.  this may be one of their early ones.  there is a recent discussion on them here.


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#3 Fred Sweet

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:41 PM

Try their website: http://jenkenkilns.com/
It provides contact info for them.

#4 StacieBatten

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:46 PM

Thanks i have called and emailed them already with no replies. I will keep trying though

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:08 PM

Your pictures show a good deal of information:

The kiln requires 45 amps; so your circuit will need a 60 amp circuit. Find a good electrician to look over the controller and do your wiring.
Max temperature looks to be 2300F -- cone 8, so your top temperature may be cone 6.
The kiln sitter is an older, Dawson manual model. Here is the manual for it: http://jenkenkilns.c...F/dawson-PK.pdfIt has three heating levels - low, medium, high. A starting firing schedule is two hours low, two hours medium, then high until your reach temperature. You will need to use cones to determine when you reach temperature.

The Jen-Ken site has a number of technical manuals; you might have to skim through them to see which might be helpful as one is not listed for the D-24 model.

Check with potters in your area to see if any fire a manual kiln. They can tell you a lot about how to proceed. There are also good books out there on firing an electric kiln that might be helpful.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:22 PM

Why is it wet?


Either I'm getting better looking with age....or my vision is getting worse... :lol:


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:07 PM

Wet is bad. That's the last thing you want to happen to your kiln. You'll need it to be good and dry before you try to fire it up, and probably go through the electrical system to see if anything has corroded.


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 10:25 AM

Why is it wet?

 

Someone left the kiln out in the rain...



#9 StacieBatten

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 12:59 PM

my grandmother had it under a leaking lean to ...... so I need to dry it out really good and check the electric stuff

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:00 PM

How to dry it out

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:38 PM

Just put it in a dry area with the lid open, preferably with a dehumidifier. It will take a while. Wouldn't hurt to open up the control boxes to let the wiring dry out. You could also put a small space heater inside it with the lid open to warm it up. Hopefully the water hasn't degraded the bricks.


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#12 oldlady

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 10:41 AM

stacie, do you plan to use this kiln?  are you planning to sell it?


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Posted 24 February 2017 - 12:34 PM

Wet is bad. That's the last thing you want to happen to your kiln. You'll need it to be good and dry before you try to fire it up, and probably go through the electrical system to see if anything has corroded.

 

 

Amen, or have someone you dislike very much to test fire it for you. :lol:


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#14 StacieBatten

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 05:21 PM

I plan to use it





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