Hello! I recently bought my first kiln, a used Skutt KM-1218-3. It is in great shape but it is missing the power cord (the previous owner replaced the original cord with a very long cable, which they kept). I plan to have an electrician install its own dedicated circuit, but I have some questions. I apologize in advance if some of these questions have been asked before and I did not find their replies.
-Is it better to have the electrician install the proper outlet or have them hardwire it directly into the circuit? In either scenario, should I buy the replacement power cable from Skutt or just a #6, 3 copper wire cable with the correct temperature rating? The kiln takes 48 amps.
-If I keep the kiln in my garage, will cold weather or humidity be an issue? I live in Maine, the garage is unfinished (it has insulation but currently no boards covering the insulation). We will be putting up fire resistant panels in the corner where the kiln will hopefully live. I have read in other forums that the cold is not an issue, one just has to heat up the control panel with a space heater for a little bit.
-Will it be exceptionally more expensive to install the kiln in the garage if it is the farthest point from our current circuit breaker panel (the location where my house connects to the grid)?
The other option is to have the kiln installed in my basement (pros: concrete floors and walls, close to the grid access point - cons: short(6ft), exposed insulation ceiling, lack of good air flow, difficult to install the vent)