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« on: November 22, 2006 08:30:44 AM »

There is a used kiln for sale in my area, but I have never bought a kiln before. My experience with pottery is limited and from long ago. Here is a link to the ad:

 I took out the link because the seller never responded anyway. But I am still curious if burn marks on the outside of a kiln are normal

It looks like it has burn marks on the outside. Is that normal, or a safety hazard? Thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2008 09:39:52 AM »

This is an old question, but it looked so lonely here in the new forum with no replies, so I figured I'd answer it. Smiley

I think if the kiln fires okay, then the burn marks are probably just a remnant from a past firing that had something that caught fire in it. I know the lid of my kiln is grey around the edges from stuff burning out of the clay, and mine is vented, even.

I've never bought a used kiln, but if I did, it probably wouldn't hurt to have a kiln expert come and replace the elements and check it out.

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2008 04:51:48 PM »

I would think as long as the fire-bricks are all intact, and the elements all fire, then you have a good prospect.  Check the kiln-sitter and see that the cone supports are in good shape and the sitter arm looks good. (no cone chunks or anything else stuck to it)

Both my kilns were purchased used, and have given me reliable service so far.  Replaced a few elements, and one kiln bottom in the last 7 years, but that about all.  (fingers crossed)

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008 05:36:56 PM »

GAH! I just posted a bit about how one replaces elements on another thread...should have read this first! I don't suppose you could give me a few pointers on how to fix my monster Scutt? The elements broke in a couple of places during the last move, and the sitter has disappeared (probably fell apart when the 'professionals' moved it).

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2008 11:51:59 AM »

I am looking to purchase a used or new kiln for small projects (bowls, plates, cups, small pots) that can fire up to cone 10.
Are there any suggestions or recommendations for me?

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008 04:51:45 PM »

You can call Skutt directly and they will help you with replacing the parts.  You can also order what you need from them.   I did find some directions online as well.   Most of the part replacing is pretty basic. 

« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2009 11:52:31 AM »

L&L also sells "dinged" kilns at very reduced prices.  be sure to check them out too in  your kiln searches.  also, pottery shops that are going out of business are good to lurk too   Cheesy

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