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My Elements Do Not Add Up.

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neilestrick    1,381

If you reduce the amperage draw, you reduce the power of the kiln, which may make your kiln unable to reach temperature. Again, you should check with an element expert and get their opinion.

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New elements have arrived. I hope my calculations were correct. Now just to put back the rest of the electrics. Took me two hours to clean the grooves and carve out glaze from the previous owner :( head in the kiln.

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Got the elements in. Went with 18ohm for all the elements which ends up at 33.3 amp. Spoke to the guy who made up the elements and he seemed fine with that being on a 32 amp breaker and said 33.3 is the max they will ever draw.

 

Took the new elements with an empty kiln up to 800 degC. Not sure why 800 I just thought that would be an ok temp to start building up the oxide coating. Maybe I was wrong.

Anyway, got to 800 in 55min which looked good, no cracks appearing in the lid and all the connections look good.

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Got a bisque on now, after a few successful glaze firings I will be a lot happier. At least now I have some idea what I am doing. Not a perfect fix but much better than it was.

 

Thank you everybody for the help :)

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