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neilestrick

Member Since 04 Oct 2011
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In Topic: Cost Of Replacing Elements

Today, 08:45 AM

If your changing elements.... Are you/ should you be changing relays? Then how long before wiring harness?

 

Relays have a different life span than elements, and a different life span depending on which brand of kiln they're on. If they run hot they don't last as long. I'd just let them run until they fry, but if you've got the cash it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing to replace them every 2-3 element changes to prevent a misfire.

 

The wiring harness should be changed if the wire insulation is starting to discolor or becomes dry and crunchy when you bend it.


In Topic: Is My Gare Pf2329 Kiln A Lemon?

Today, 08:40 AM

Go buy a multimeter. They're less expensive than hiring an electrician, and it's good to learn how to do this work on your kiln. You do not have to remove the elements to check their resistance. Evenheat can tell you what the resistance should be. Also double check your service voltage with the meter.


In Topic: Cost Of Replacing Elements

28 August 2014 - 04:26 PM

APM elements last longer, however it's an expensive replacement if one fries due to a glaze drip or such.

 

I charge $75 per hour for repair work. A Skutt 1227 will take 1-1/2 to 2 hours to do a full element replacement. Definitely 2 hours if bricks are being replaced too, which usually there are a couple.

 

Different brands require more or less time. Skutts take a while because of the need for element pins, so in addition to the time spent putting in pins, I also have to remove the lid and top ring in order to reach the bottom ring and see what's going on down there. Paragon replacements are usually quicker because they only require pins if an element is being difficult, but some Paragon models have pricey elements. I can do all 9 elements in my big L&L in less than 1-1/2 hours. Manual kilns or any kilns that don't have a hinged control box take longer as well. Lots of factors at work.


In Topic: Massive Crack In Single Firing

28 August 2014 - 04:16 PM

That pot is really thick. Definitely a contributing factor.


In Topic: Wood-Fired Turbo Kiln

27 August 2014 - 01:56 PM

A friend of mine has a fast fire down draft wood kiln that has 2 fireboxes, one on each side and the kiln itself is 4 inches of fiber. Fires in about 10 hrs and is about 60 cu ft stacking space. He uses scrap wood from several different sources.

The kiln looks like a sprung arch style, all fiber no brick for the shell.

Wyndham

 

I assume he's not getting a lot of ash effects? Fiber does not typically hold up well to wood ash and vapor.