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« on: December 24, 2007 09:55:30 PM »

so I bought a kiln a while ago and I have yet to use it because I didn't have money to buy the neccessary supplies....

Now that I do have $, i've got a few questions:

Is a kiln sitter neccesary?  I've got a kiln that opens from the top and a believe has a peep hole.  It is manual electric with a pyrometer and infinate control switch.

Is a vent system necessary?  I was thinking of putting the kiln in my basement.  I have two cats and I was afraid the fumes would harm them (I would of course keep them away during firing....i'm worried about lingering fumes)  Also, we have a tread mill in our basement as well so at times people spend longer durations in the basement.

The other areas I was thinking was the garage (however this would be hard to keep the cats away here) or the screened in porch (but i was worried that the cold would affect the firing in the winter and also I wasn't sure if that would be safe because the deck is made of wood)

Please help if you can  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2007 10:15:16 PM »

I have a kiln sitter for mine and it's really helpful.I don't think I could work with as few screw ups as I do,without one. Tongue
I have a little shed outside for mine,I have to have mine outside because mine is mainly for doll making so it's a giant one,but if your's is small I think the porches would work nicely for it.
Mine is up on cement blocks so it doesn't burn the hell out of the bottom of the shed.My shed is tiny and doesn't naturally have AC or a heater in there,it fires just fine in the cold,which I don't have to deal with to much being in Louisiana but it has been getting down to the 30's lately and it doesn't bother firing at all.
Even though we don't have basements here in LA,if I did have one I really wouldn't put my kiln in there because of the fume issue,even with a vent system.
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2007 06:24:18 AM »

Thanks a bunch!  I guess i'll have to think about springing for a sitter...but that is good new about the pourch....Lovely dollies by the way  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2007 12:50:17 PM »

No prob.You could do test firings in the kiln and just make sure to watch it closely with a stop watch set so you can get a good idea  of how long it takes for the cone to bend all the way,that way you have a idea of how long to fire your pieces ect and you can work with it till you get a kiln sitter.Because I'm sure you are like me and want to do everything NOW.LOL
It's a good idea to do that anyway because if you know your kiln and how long it takes to say fire to cone 6,once you get the kiln sitter you will be able to figure out if it needs adjustment or once you have used your kiln allot if say a element needs to be replaced.
And if you have little ones or the kitties go on the porch you could not only put the kiln up on some cement blocks like I have mine,but also build a little shelter around the kiln with them,that may also help with the cold prob.Plus it might help hide the kiln abit incase you are worried about thieves spotting it and thinking it might be a sellable piece of expensive equipment.Which is also why I have mine tucked away in it's own shed.Those things are to damn expensive to worry about getting stolen.
Since you are new to owning your own kiln scott publication used to put out really great and cheap kiln owner how to books.I don't know if they are still in print or not but they are great little cheap helpful books.
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