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bojopo    0

Hello,

 

My name is Benjamin i reside in WNY, I haven't had much experience  in pottery / ceramics although Ive always wanted to. My experience is more in drawing / animation /  music. I recently came across a kiln at what seems to be a fair price, but honestly have no idea. Pretty sure the label reads Buffalo Ceramic and Art supply. ( Im near Buffalo NY so that makes sense) . haven't found that name online. I did request better pictures because the pictures are blurry so thats not much help...but any info Id sincerely appreciate. Not looking for anything spectacular , just something usable for hobby crafts and maybe something with my kids. Thank you and best regards...Benjamin . 

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Mark C.    1,796

I cannot help with the Id ,but I suggest not firing it in the chair-move it to a non combustable stand .

I suggest a newer kiln or at least we need more photos of the inside to give you an idea of condition.

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neilestrick    1,378

I have no idea what brand that is. I would wait and get a kiln that you can identify so you can get parts easily, unless you are very familiar with kiln wiring.

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Mark C.    1,796

Neil is right-parts for an out of business old kiln are not worth buying the kiln .

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oldlady    1,323

bojopo, the label you are reading is probably from the store, shop that sold the kiln to the original owner.  is the seller inheriting this kiln and that is why he/she does not know to read the metal plate usually on the side of that square box thing?  ask for photos taken on the inside looking straight at the walls with the elements in the grooves.  after the correct label is found.  it should have the manufacturer's name, model number, watts, volts, amperage, etc. listed on an embossed non-removable metal label.

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Tim Allen    8

One thing I notice about this kiln is that it does not appear to have any safety shut-off mechanism -- no timer or kiln-sitter -- It is full manual without a lot of control, two switches that are either on or off...

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bojopo    0

One thing I notice about this kiln is that it does not appear to have any safety shut-off mechanism -- no timer or kiln-sitter -- It is full manual without a lot of control, two switches that are either on or off...

Yes. Im sure its a beast to work with . I ended up getting another one , A Cress 24 H that does have kiln sitter. For $80, it seems to be a good deal a good one to start with. Im wondering if its worth upgrading to an electric set up, but ill start i new thread on that once i research more. 

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

That outside looks great. My test kiln is that size and it is very rusty from its time in Texas. the bottom strap came off. I love my little kiln. It is about 20+ years old. Only repair I have made was a new switch. The element is still going and I have a back for when it goes. It is the only kiln I moved down to Tx. in 2006 and back in 2017. This time I did move my other kilns from Tx up here. Plus raku kilns except for the topcoat when needed to be replaced.

I agree with that you should wait. The firing without safety backup isn't worth it.

Marcia

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