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Arnold Howard

Member Since 26 May 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 14 2014 02:52 PM
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In Topic: Buying A Used Kiln

14 October 2014 - 02:54 PM

The kiln might be good for a few more years of firings in spite of its age. The bricks may not be as bad as they appear. If you can buy the kiln for a song, and you have the circuit already installed, maybe you should consider it. Make sure the elements all fire. Check the amperage. Look for rust. Make sure the Kiln Sitter works.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: I Can't See/find My Cone!

14 October 2014 - 07:49 AM

In addition to placing the cone on the opposite side of the firing chamber from the peephole, align the cone so the bottom third is silhouetted by the element. Thus, the cone will still be silhouetted by the light of the element after the cone bends.

 

In some kilns, the center elements do not glow brightly even at cone 6. To see the cone, you may need to silhouette it against a top element instead of a center element.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: How To Transport My Kiln

09 October 2014 - 09:39 AM

Here is a video showing how to crate a top-loading kiln:

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: An "office" Kiln

30 September 2014 - 01:13 PM

You have received excellent advice on this forum.

 

You can fire a cone 6 pottery kiln on a 120 volt, 15 amp circuit, but you will be limited to a kiln interior of about 6" x 6" x 6". The circuit must be dedicated, which means it will not be used for other appliances while the kiln is firing. This might be feasible if you could place the kiln near an open window and limit your projects to very small pieces such as pendants.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P.,

Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: Buying A Used Kiln: Paragon Tnf 23-3 Vs Skutt Km 818

30 September 2014 - 09:05 AM

Oldlady and Carl, that's reassuring. I do wonder if the reason Paragon only recommends the 2.5 inch kiln be used for low-fire is because the element grooves in the TNF 82 extend further into the wall than usual, resulting in the elements lying closer to the outside. I may be completely wrong about this.

We still use the dropped, recessed brick groove that the A-series kilns of the 1960s and 70s had. The newer grooves have the same depth (or very close to the same depth) as the early grooves, but the opening is wider to allow larger elements to be threaded.

 

As others have stated, you can fire to cone 6 with a 2 1/2" wall kiln. The 3" wall merely enables the kiln to reach that temperature more easily.

 

Some of you have posted very kind comments. Thank you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com