Hi, I have an old AIM 1718 manual kiln with LT3 kiln sitter that I acquired a few years ago but have never used. I take classes and use their kiln but they only do low fire and I would like to be able to do mid-range stoneware work. I have never fired a kiln myself but have been reading up on the basics. The kiln I have appears to be in relatively good shape, clean, a few small areas of firebrick have fallen out but are available for patching to keep the elements from sagging. A blank section, shorter, with no elements or switches, etc. appears to have been added to the 2 sections.this kiln comes with. It is rated at 230 volts and 20 amps. Would my dryer circuit be able to handle this or would I need a dedicated circuit added? I have the kin in my garage which is where the dryer is located. If it would work on my dryer circuit, what should I look for in a test firing? How does the extra blank section affect firing? Does it take longer to heat, etc? What would I use to patch the areas of loose firebrick? Also, I will be needing shelves, posts, etc. Is it a good idea to look for used or not and if so, what should I look out for? Any other suggestions from folks out there?
You can repair bricks with this kit from L$L
If you use a dead ring it slows down the firing -any firing.
As to your Dryer curcuit what breaker size is it now (or better yet what wire size?)
If your dryer curcuit has other things on it -I would not use it.