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Buying a 2nd hand kiln trouble shooting

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Hi I’m looking at buying a 2nd hand gas kiln and I’m wondering what I should look out for in terms of pros and cons.

Are there any common faults or complaints?

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With gas kilns, in general the burners either work or they don't. There's not much in the way of maintenance or parts that wear out like on electric kilns. So assuming the burner system works, I'd be most concerned with the condition of the bricks.

Downdraft kilns tend to fire more easily and efficiently, but updrafts work just fine once you dial in your settings.

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How about moving the kiln?  Depending on the size of the kiln, forklift access would probably be necessary.  I'd worry about damaging a  used brick kiln moving it.  I've never done it personally, but it seems to me like a headache.  

My propane kiln is much cheaper to fire than my electric kiln.  Based on per cubic measurement.

 

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