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How long will an average kiln being fired twice a month to bisque and cone 6 last? I know there are incredible variables and you can never be sure. Elements need replacing, fuses blow, thermacouples need replacing. It is different from kiln to kiln.

I can't seem to find a rough average or generalization anywhere online. 

I'm mostly just curious!

Any input is great!

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30 years or more if you take care of it. I've got over 1500 firings on one of my kilns and it's still going strong. At some point the bricks start to yellow and get more dense and brittle, but it takes a lot of firings to get to that point. More often kilns die because they get too beat up. My rule of thumb is you should consider replacing the kiln if it needs more that $1000 in repairs at one time, especially if it's an old manual kiln. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, but just like a car, they reach a point where you're just throwing money at it.

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Thank you, for answering both of my threads I posted today!

1 hour ago, neilestrick said:

30 years or more if you take care of it. I've got over 1500 firings on one of my kilns and it's still going strong. At some point the bricks start to yellow and get more dense and brittle, but it takes a lot of firings to get to that point. More often kilns die because they get too beat up. My rule of thumb is you should consider replacing the kiln if it needs more that $1000 in repairs at one time, especially if it's an old manual kiln. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, but just like a car, they reach a point where you're just throwing money at it.

 

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