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Hi, I am new to this forum, and have been reading several posts... I have been doing ceramics at a local studio (classes) for a number of years and decided that it may be time to become a bit more independent have the chance to do work in addition to classes. Thus, I started looking into buying a kiln. I think I have narrowed it down to two choices (at least for the time being) but I still have so many questions! Maybe some of you can help answer any of them?? Choices: L&L easy fire kiln (seen better reviews for L&L compared to Skutt) - either a 18T-3 kiln or 23S-3 kiln ==> I mostly do small to medium size items, including bowls, cups, art work. I initially thought of getting an 18T but then saw a comment that with the posts it may get too narrow to place large items. I guess, a large/wide item could sit on the top shelf without posts? Then again, with the 23S there seems to be more room to play, and it is not so narrow an opening that the loading seems easier. But, does it take a lot longer to fill the 23S compared to the 18T? Location and venting: Also, still trying to figure out where to put it. We have plenty space in the basement. The only way i can vent the kiln is through one of the small windows, as i am not going to drill a 4" hole through the concrete foundation. I have been trying to figure out how big the plate is where the fan is attached to in the L&L venting system. based on drawings, it looks about 2X as tall as the 4" pipe and no idea how wide. Does anybody have the dimensions (I cannot find this anywhere and i looked on the L&L website/specs). Furnace issues? Our furnace is in the basement. Can the kiln be in the same room as the furnace (gas operated) and water heater? If yes, is there a minimum distance? Are there different guidelines/laws for this by state, county or city? Voltage: for the L&L kiln, when looking at the Sheffield Pottery site, it gives me the option of 1phase and 3phase (not for us). However, on the clayking site, I need to chose between 208V and 240V (single phase) when i place the order. I know we have 240V to the house, but I don't have a line/plug yet for this, and so i don't know if I need 208 or 240V. (I'd like to purchase this soon as there are some specials/deals and don't want to wait until after the holidays and see the prices go up significantly). Sorry for throwing out so many questions . I'd be grateful for any productive input into this!!
Looking for help and some explanation. I have the opportunity to buy a Duncan The Teacher model ES 820-4. I am very new to ceramics and need all the help I can get. I found what I believe is the manual for this kiln although the model number says “DA 820-4” instead of “ES”. It also says that the voltage is 208. We have 240 and were planning on wiring it’s own box but how can I make the 208 work? I’m also confused because in the photo of the kiln, the kiln sitter says 240v. How can the kiln be 208 and the sitter 240? I’m very confused and would appreciate any and all help.
Hey there! If anyone has some insight on this, I could really use an opinion. I have an Even Heat lowfire kiln that has a max firing temp of 2300 Fahrenheit. It currently handles 150 volt and plugs into a regular outlet in the garage. I have been wanting to fire at higher temps but this kiln takes forever to make it to ^04. And I tried to fire ^6 glaze once but after 20+ hours, it never reached temp. My plan has then been to convert it to 220 volt and make a new cord/plug, hoping the extra juice would get it to fire higher or faster. My concern is that because ^6 can reach 2250F, that would be pushing my old kiln to it's absolute limit. Would converting the voltage make that doable? Or is that too dangerous? Thank you for any insight you can give me! I don't want to cause a fire from blindly experimenting, haha!