William & Susan Schran User on sun 25 dec 11
On 12/25/11 7:20 PM, "John Post" wrote:
> I like the solution of firing it on my patio since I don't have to
> spend all of the money to have the venting fabricated. And since I
> will only be firing during the months when my furnaces aren't running
> it's a perfect solution for me.
On my web site you can see I had mine in a metal shed.
You may find you'll need to fashion some wind breaks if you fire during a
time when the wind picks up. Some thin metal sheet or even just aluminum
foil attached on the windward side of the frame should do.
William "Bill" Schran
John Post on sun 25 dec 11
I had a consultation with my plumber about hooking up the 2327 Olympic
gas kiln that I purchased on e-bay.
He told me he could extend the gas line I have inside my studio and
that he was qualified to do the venting through the roof. His biggest
concern was how many BTU's the kiln would need and how expensive the
through the roof venting was going to be.
It turns out that my house furnace, hot water heater, gas stove and
the 30K BTU heater in my studio cannot all be fired at the same time
as the gas kiln.
If I was to fire the kiln along with all of these other gas
appliances, there would be a chance of me creating a carbon monoxide
situation in my house.
As we talked I mentioned that I planned on firing this kiln during the
summers when I am off from school.
During the summer the only gas appliance I have running is the hot
water heater. He suggested that an economical solution to my problem
would be to fire the kiln outdoors using a quick disconnect gas line
that is a fairly new way to hookup up barbecues.
I had him install the quick disconnect line and then I tested my
burner setup after cleaning out all of the spiderwebs from the burners
and orifices. It works like a charm.
My plan is to set this kiln up on a steel platform truck and roll it
out to use it. It takes less than 5 minutes to hook up the quick
disconnect lines. I just happened to have an outdoor electrical
outlet nearby on my patio, so I can use the kiln sitter as a backup
during the firing. Naturally I plan on being around the entire time
this kiln is firing.
I like the solution of firing it on my patio since I don't have to
spend all of the money to have the venting fabricated. And since I
will only be firing during the months when my furnaces aren't running
it's a perfect solution for me.
I posted a few pictures of the quick disconnect setup in case you're
The quick disconnect at the kiln end...
The quick disconnect at the valve end of the line...
The path of the quick disconnect line...
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Lee on mon 26 dec 11
Your inspector, if he is like mine, will require that you have enough
pressure to run all your house appliances full on while the kiln is firing
wide open. Running a 60 foot line, I was a little short for pressure for
I got my meter upgraded from .25psi to 2psi. Now I have twice
as much pressure as I need. My house is regulated down and so is the
kiln, out at the end of 60'.
I now have enough pressure to continue the line to the studio
and put in a modern high pressure, high efficiency furnace and tankless
water heaters too.
The pressure upgrade saved me money. The gas company
only charged $200.00 for the new meter. But I saved money because I could
run 1/2" flexible copper instead of 1.5" ridged 60' to the kiln.
Check with your gas company to make sure you have enough
pressure at your location to upgrade and that your line from the street to
your house is big enough.
Lee Love in Minneapolis
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of eternal youth is behind the house, a beautiful land fluent within
itself." -- John O'Donohue