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  • Birthday 10/24/1995

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  1. Thank you @Bill Kielb & @neilestrick!! Super helpful!
  2. Good morning! I found a kiln and went for it! Paid $550 for it and it looks to be in pretty good condition for an older kiln. When my hubby and the seller were loading it in our truck, some of the brick at the bottom of the kiln broke apart (I must not have iterated how fragile the brick is…). And I’m wondering if I can just purchase some kiln element pins and pin in the elements or do I need to look into brick repair? The largest part that broken is the last kiln section touching the base of the kiln. There are a few sections towards the top I’m wondering about as well. Also wondering if someone can help me locate a kiln manual! Thanks!
  3. Thanks for taking the time to respond Neil! I’m having an electrician come this week, and I’m really hoping it’s doable. I’m starting to see any kilns I like are going to need the larger amp breaker. Of course!
  4. Hey there, I found a kiln for sale not far from me and it looks to be in pretty good condition. It fires to come 10 and comes with a lot of studio supplies as well. It’s selling for $950- it’s a Cress ET2818. It comes with the kiln and: 1 set of brand new replacement coils 1 lot of kiln furniture including stilts and posts 75 pounds of soft low-fire clay(soft) 250 pounds of mid-fire clay(hard-needs to be reconstituted) OVER 250 pieces of ceramic bisque (large variety includes dinner ware, figurines and ornaments) Lot of low-fire glazes, brushes, sample tiles and paint trays I say all that to ask, is it worth it to up the amperage on my breaker box? I don’t know the expense or work that that kind of thing requires. I have a studio in a 13x18 shed that the previous owner of our home built. It’s got its own breaker box that reaches 35 amps. This kiln requires 45 amps. Would it just be changing out the wiring to the 220v plug? I know absolutely nothing about this kind of thing, thus why I’m asking! Thanks!
  5. I’ll have to call and see! Yeah, I’m starting to see buying a used kiln that isn’t 10+ years old isn't easy. But I’ve got a Duncan Teacher-plus that’ll do for now- thanks Neil!
  6. That’s good to know! I’m probably going to have to keep my eye out for one with a higher cone then. Thank you!
  7. Hi! Yes I was wondering about that because I would intend to fire to cone 5/6, I would think because I hope to use it to make dishware. Would I be better off with a kiln that fires to cone 8?
  8. Good afternoon! I am thinking about purchasing an Evenheat electric kiln from Fb Marketplace. The seller wrote this about it: “Model 4320 LT, 240 v, 24 amp without collar, 30 amp with collar added. Kiln sitter style, works best with small cones. Firebrick and elements are in great shape. Stilts, cones, shelves, and posts included. Fires up to cone 6, but never needed to go higher than cone 3 for my work. Works wonderfully - just moving and can’t take it to my next home.” The seller sent me this: “The kiln is about a year and a half old to me, but the person I got it from told me she had it for about 10 years. She never fired higher than cone 06 and said it was used about 2-3 times per year because she made such tiny pieces. I planned to use for at least another 5 years… just moving now and won’t have space. I never had any problems with it firing incorrectly so there should be a lot of life left in it without repairs.” My question is, when is a kiln “too old” and does this sound like a decent deal? She’s selling it for $375. I have a small studio but I hope to start some one-on-one classes soon. It also fires to a cone 6 as she said, so does that mean it’s better to use it at lower cones to extend its life? Thanks!!
  9. Okay, thank you! Do I need to warm up the kiln before using it or do I load it and do the process you explained and then prop open the lid after the kiln shuts off? On some older kilns, I’ve found (from YouTube videos) that the people slightly prop open the kiln and set it on low for several hours with the peepholes open. Any advice for this part?
  10. Hello folks! I received a Duncan kiln from a family member about 7 years ago and was never taught how to use it. I attempted to figure it out on my own, but gave up because I was having too much trouble with it. I have never operated a kiln on my own- only seen electric kilns in use. Has anyone operated this particular kiln (DA820-2), and if so, could you answer a few questions for me? I believe I was having trouble because I did not have any pyrometric cone/bar things to turn off the kiln when it reached the right temp (clearly I'm a newbie). In the manual I have for my kiln, it says I need 'ASD' cones. If my kiln fires to Cone 8, which cone of pyrometric bars do I need ? Does it always depend on the clay's cone? Where do I place these ^ cones when I have them? Is there a hole in the bars that slides onto the knob on the inside of the kiln wall? Do I need to have witness cones + the ASD cones? After each firing, do I need to have new witness cones? Thank you!! Natania
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