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Mesi

Member Since 19 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 18 2014 08:35 AM
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Envirovent Suddenly Not Venting Fumes

12 November 2014 - 02:42 AM

I installed a skutt envirovent 2 several months ago to help deal with fumes when firing (especially wax resist). My studio is in my basement and as I've transitioned to being a full time potter, I'm firing 2 or 3 days a week. The fumes were definitely shortening my life. Lol

Vent worked perfectly until about a week ago when I started noticing fumes again. And tonight the smell was so bad it woke me from a dead sleep to open all the windows (even though its snowing with 60mph wind).

So, I'm sitting in my living room at 2am in a parka and bunny slippers hoping someone has some experience troubleshooting these vents.

-outside there is still warm air actively blowing from the vent

-ducting is still attached at plenum cup,the joint between the first piece of duct house and the extension, and up at the motor

-checked the holes in kiln floor and lid after I first noticed the smell last week and none were obstructed. Plenum cup seated correctly around the floor holes

-the two half shelves on the kiln floor are raised up and spaced with a gap between them.

I did notice that my lid doesn't seem to really seal when closed. The gap seems to be where two bricks are a little lower than the others, but we're Talking like 1mm difference maybe. The kiln hasnt been moved or bumped though, so I don't see how that could have been a recent development, and like I said, the vent has worked fine for over a month.

Any thoughts or suggestions on what to check?