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Kiln Vent Recommendation For Small Test Kiln

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I just moved in a new apartment and I'd like to use the extra space as my studio.
 
there is a small den on the left of the staircase leading to the bedrooms upstairs, on the right of the staircase is the living room/kitchen. (check the picture attached)
 
there is no door to close the den, not sure if I would be an issue... I could set up a heavy curtain if needed.
 
so I'm planning on putting my Paragon Xpress-1193 in the space under the staircase that has the brick wall.
 
now which kind of vent should I go for ? I mainly want to use the vent to exhaust all the fumes during bisque and glaze firing. I also do luster but would it be safe enough to have a vent in a space that is open ? would a heavy curtain closing the space do the trick to be sure no fumes goes in the living area ?
 
on the paragon website they seem to recommend the KILNVENT MASTER 120, should I go with that or with a hood vent ?
 
thanks for you help in advance !

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You can probably get away with just putting a fan in the window with a kiln that small except when firing luster. Since you're in an apartment, if you use the vent you'll just have to run it out the window since you probably won't be able to drill a 4" hole in the wall. And if you vent it directly like that, all those fumes could just go right into your neighbor's window. It's not an ideal setup whichever way you go. You'll also need to check with the landlord and make sure you're allowed to have a kiln at all. If you break the rules and there's a fire, you'll be in big trouble. Check that your renter's insurance also covers the kiln.

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I have no neighbor close enough to be bothered by the fumes. this window is on the second floor and the third floor is mine as well. opposite the street is too far away to be bothered by fumes.

 

as for the landlord, yes I'll be checking with him.

 

I dont really want to fire luster at home anyway, it freaks me out too much. so you really think a regular fan would be enough ??

 

thanks for the reply !

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