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  1. Hi Forum Folks, So this happened today - I bought a used kiln this weekend and was very excited to get it up and running. It is a Cress FX23p, 20 yrs old, and the elements, bricks, etc. are in excellent condition. I loaded it up, plugged it in, followed the instructions and everything. The kiln sitter button would not engage. I repeated everything several times; nothing. Power was fine. Lights stayed on as long as I kept a finger on the button. Timer was turning. All settings correct, but the button still did not engage and stay put. I called Cress and was forwarded to their Tech Support voicemail. I left my number and a brief explanation of the problem. Then I went to the webs... came here to the forum but found no previous post on this problem. Fortunately I found my answer elsewhere and was able to get it up and running easily. Turns out I made a couple of mistakes: 1) I didn't plug the kiln in and try it before buying. That would have probably made me negotiate a lower price, or walked away, since I would have discovered the problem sooner. 2) I didn't consider that the kiln, although garage kept, had been sitting uncovered for a few years so that a significant layer of dust and dirt accumulated around the wiring and switches of the kiln sitter. Long-sh story short, I took the panel off and removed the muck. The problem was that dirt/dust accumulated between the kiln sitter panel and the weighted mechanism that holds the button in place during firing. Once cleaned and a couple of judicious squirts of WD-40 later, it is humming and heating like it should. Just wanted to post this for others in the community that are considering buying a used kiln. If any experts out there have more words of wisdom for me, please do not be shy. BTW - still waiting for the Cress tech to call me back. ;-) Peace.
  2. I was given an older paragon kiln with a set n fire. Its model lt-3k and I have no idea how to use it yet. I want to fire cone 6 stoneware and already have some greenware ready to fire and plenty of furniture. Any advice would be great!
  3. Hello, I am new to ceramics. I have made coil and slab pieces during high school art class, but that's it. I think I know the basics of making pieces, but I'm not sure how the whole firing process goes. I have found a used Skutt kiln for sale. Model LT-3K, three tier, new shut off tube assembly, inside 1/2 selves, on roll cart, and vents to outside for $700. Does this sound like a deal to anyone? What should I look out for when purchasing a used kiln? Also, I need all the start up tools. I think I would like to purchase a wheel to make cups, bowls, plates, mugs, and vases. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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