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How To Manually Vent The Kiln When Bisquing


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Wow, weird! My Skutt 230 electric has a vent system my uncle made that is made of a metal box that goes under the kiln with a dryer hose attached to another box that is in my window. That box has a good, strong fan inside, and is operated by a switch. Works fine as wine and is only as loud as a dryer vent, really. If your neighbors complained about something THAT quiet, I'd bean them over the head with a pot. ;)

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I have never heard that before ... those fans usually run about as quietly as clothes dryer exhausts.

Where do you have it set up? Do you think it is running extra loud?

The fan is set up to the wall and the nose goes outside the window and it's louder than a dryer but I have terrible neighbors.

Since the fan needs to run for hours the people can't stand the noise.

 

So how do I vent the kiln while bisquing and firing without using the vent?

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The fan should be more quite than an air conditioner, lawn mower or a leaf blower. If you were using it during day light hours, even if it was a little noisy, you should be well within reason.

 

The cheapest and simplest solution would be to operate it during day light hours and tell them to go pound salt.

 

Alternately, you may choose to avoid any conflict 

 

Put in a light switch dimmer to reduce the fan speed...(you will have to readjust your vent for the slower speed.)

You could try adding some vibration dampening material to the fan mount... 1/4" Neoprene would work.

Try venting the hose into an open box or large tube with poly foam egg crate lining.

 

Any of these should dull down the noise.

 

Good luck

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If the fan is mounted directly to the wall, you're getting the full volume of it outside. It may help if you get the fan mounting bracket from L&L and mount the fan to the floor inside the studio, several feet from the hole in the wall, connected by a 4" flexible duct to the hole in the wall. This will help dampen the noise some since the sound will have to travel through the duct before going outside. It may also help to use a non-metal duct, like a thermoplastic rubber. Just put a standard 4" clothes dryer vent cap assembly through the wall. More photos here.

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