Since I've started mixing my glazes I'm finding that a test kiln would come in handy.
I've come across another used kiln that is the same exact model as the once I have, a Duncan 820 with a sitter.
It has no stand (I can weld one up) hinge is busted (couple of bolts and it will work again). The shelves are for a larger kiln but I could use the ones I have or cut down the over-sized ones. Its in decent shape with only a few small chips on 3-4 bricks. Visually the elements look ok but since there is no outlet that will fit the plug I'm really guessing if they work. The lady that owns it says she bought it used 10 years ago and only fired it up once when she first got it.
Before I forget to mention the kiln is sitting on a cement floor that seems to be pretty dry. Nearby cardboard boxes that are also on the floor look like they've been there a while and don't have any moisture stains. Looking inside and down the bottom of the kiln looks ok.
I can have it for $30
Here's what I'm thinking and I'm hoping someone will tell me I'm nuts for thinking what I want to do.
There are four rows of bricks with two elements each with the sitter smack dab in the middle between rows 2 and 3. I'd like to remove the bottom and top row of bricks to make a smaller kiln. I'd use the 2 knobs to control the heat.
Since my kiln is 3cf this one might come around 1.5cf - the final size will be approximately 17" wide by about 12" high.
My kiln is rated at 24amps so I'm guesstimating this conversion will be about 12 amps (I will verify this later). I already have a few 240v/20amp outlets on a single line.
I'd have to do something with the jacket since its one solid piece. Its something I can handle.
What do you think? Should I go for it? Or maybe just spend a few more bucks and buy a 120v test kiln?