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Humidity And Electronic Controllers - A Problem In Hawaii?


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Aloha. I am a newbie taking ceramic classes at a community center in Hawaii. I would like to purchase my own kiln and was wondering if anyone in Hawaii or other tropical paradises can give me feedback regarding manual versus electronic controllers in an electric kiln. Humidity often causes problems with electronic devices here and before I purchase a kiln I would really appreciate input from any fellow potters who have experience firing an electric kiln in the tropics. Mahalo nui loa (thanks very much!).

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It is possible for high humidity to cause a problem with the kiln controller. I have never seen it happen, although I have heard about it. You can dry out the circuit board with a hair dryer if it's a problem. The bigger problem with humidity is its effect on electrical connections in the control box. They will corrode much faster than in a dry environment, so you'll have to keep up on your maintenance. None of it is a big problem and shouldn't prevent you from getting a kiln, you just need to be aware of it.

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Thank you both for your input. Neil, you hit the nail on the head with the corrosion issue. Electronics do not last long here, from what I can gather (recently moved here from Chicago!). Do you know what type of maintenance would be involved in preventing/eradicating corrosion? I am also near the ocean so we have the salt water in the air to consider, as well. I had decided to purchase a Skutt, and then when I read the posts about the L&L brand and its ceramic element holders, I changed my mind. But it doesn't appear to me that they make manual kilns anymore.

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