My small kilns - 40 litre and 60 litre (less than 2.5 cu ft) are in the garage. I only ever run one at a time. Worst thing I notice is fumes around the 250-350oC (480-650 oF) mark. I'm not paranoid about venting and have none except normal garage draughts or sometimes leaving door propped open. However - I totally avoid going into the garage at the above temperatures because I suspect these fumes aren't good ones! (Think I may have read carbon monoxide somewhere, but I might have imagined that!) I wouldn't think they'd do much good inside the house, even if you're not working in the room at the same time. I think you'd want something extracting them out so they don't leak into the house.
This is only my experience - for all I know they may smell awful but be safe enough.
Celia UKMember Since 01 Jul 2012
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I am a retired Primary School headteacher. I have set up a home studio and continue to develop my throwing skills. I like to alter, carve and incise my pieces, being more interested in shape, design and form, than colour and glaze finishes. I am currently working in smooth, white earthenware and would eventually love to move on to porcelain once I feel my skill level justifies the cost! I have a small electric kiln with digital controller, which has enabled me to eliminate glaze crazing issues. I have recently tried working in stoneware but am not yet convinced it is better for me than earthenware. I have also begun mixing my own glazes and will be happy once I have just 3 or 4 that are reliable.
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