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  1. So, putting aside the electric problems for now, what do you all think the best kiln is for a beginner for a good price? Any recommendations? Thanks for all the advice; I at least have a starting place now.
  2. Must be 6000 watts then. Sorry, the stamps are hard to read. I don't see anything that looks like a timer, it might not have one. I realized I do have posts for the shelves, but no shelves themselves.
  3. @neilestrick It's 230 voltage and 60 watts, and that's all that's on the plate besides the temp, model, and serial number. I'm getting an electrician to set up the outlet it needs. I've heard than Paragons can be a hassle, but since it was free I didn't want to pass it up! So if I can make it work, it'll be fine for me for now. If not, then I'll just have to invest in a new one.
  4. The model number is H17 (looks like max temp is 2300). I do both throwing and hand building, but have never had my own equipment until now. It was always someone else's job to manage the kilns I've used; I only ever helped unload. It doesn't have any shelving or supports right now. Thank you for the tip about Paragon's videos!
  5. I got this old Paragon kiln for free from someone who had it sitting in their garage for a long time (15 years maybe?). I'm pretty amateur, but I'd love to get more into ceramics and firing/how to upkeep my equipment and safely. Could someone tell me how to go about making sure this kiln is safe for use? The wires look pretty good as far as I can tell, but I'd have no idea if they weren't apart from if they were rusted. There's cracking in the bricks, will that be a problem? (I haven't even cleaned it at all yet and sorry that the photos are blurry)
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