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During our move across country, the movers placed a heavy item on top of my Paragon SnF kiln which ultimately broke some chunks off the bricks on the lid and created a huge crack all the way through the lid (bricks inside the lid are now very loose) my questions are:  Is this fixable?  Is there something I can use to fill in the broken areas on the lid and seal/fix the crack? Or… can I get new bricks to rebuild the lid? Or… can I and/or should I buy a new lid for it? Just hoping to get some advice… I’m honestly not sure what to do. Thanks for your ideas or suggestions. Tanya

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It's not fixable if it's cracked all the way through. Mortar won't hold it. I'd first try to file a damage claim with the moving company and have them buy you a new lid. I have done kiln repair work for moving companies several times. If they won't pay for it, then you can either buy a new lid yourself, or swap the lid and floor and put a piece of sheet metal under the floor (former lid) to support it.

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Ok, thank you for the info. I didn’t realize the damage until a little over a month after we moved in, so I’m sure it’s too late to file a claim. Would you happen to know about how much a new lid would be and where I might be able to get one? 

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9 hours ago, TanyaW said:

Ok, thank you for the info. I didn’t realize the damage until a little over a month after we moved in, so I’m sure it’s too late to file a claim. Would you happen to know about how much a new lid would be and where I might be able to get one? 

You can get a new lid from Paragon, or any other kiln manufacturer that makes a lid of the same size. Most kilns are standard sizes. A lid usually runs $300-$450 depending on the size, plus freight charges of $100-$200. Your other option is to find a cheap used kiln in your area and use the lid or floor from that.

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