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kiln placement - electric

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Richard Price on mon 17 jul 00


Good morning -

I've got a new(to me) small Skutt kiln and I was trying to guess where I
should place it in my garage. It's a 181-27, I believe. A friend's brother
is an electrician and is coming over in a few days to talk about installing
the power for it. I would like to have an informed opinion as to where to
locate the sub panel and outlet.

I've got one half of my garage dedicated to my studio. I could place it up
front by the garage door - so that I could leave it open during firings.
Secondly, I could put it in the corner near the back wall - I'm going to
put a window in back there anyway and could vent out there. I'm not
planning on having a full ventilation system by the way. Or I could put it
in the middle of the wall. I'm concerned with safety but also having it
usable? Also, what can be above it?! In the back corner I have some
shelves 4-5 feet above. I'd assume these would have to be emptied. Any
comments?

Thanks!
Richard

Arnold Howard on mon 17 jul 00


Suggestions for kiln installation in a garage (see
message at end of post):

1. Place the kiln as close to the main electrical
panel as practical.

2. Remove flammable materials from the garage, such as
paint cans, gasoline, lawn mower, etc. Do not place
shelves over the kiln. Park the car outside during
firing.

3. Keep the kiln at least 12" away from the wall.

4. If you are not using a downdraft vent system, use
fans to remove fumes.

5. Do not allow ambient room temperature to rise past
100 - 110 deg. F. (measured three feet or more from
the kiln).

Several suggestions for electrical installation:

1. Do not allow the electrician to change the cord
plug, especially to one of a lower amperage.

2. Be sure the circuit's wire gauge is large enough
for the amperage of the wall receptacle.

Arnold Howard


--- Richard Price wrote:
> Good morning -
>
> I've got a new(to me) small Skutt kiln and I was
> trying to guess where I
> should place it in my garage. It's a 181-27, I
> believe. A friend's brother
> is an electrician and is coming over in a few days
> to talk about installing
> the power for it. I would like to have an informed
> opinion as to where to
> locate the sub panel and outlet.
>
> I've got one half of my garage dedicated to my
> studio. I could place it up
> front by the garage door - so that I could leave it
> open during firings.
> Secondly, I could put it in the corner near the back
> wall - I'm going to
> put a window in back there anyway and could vent out
> there. I'm not
> planning on having a full ventilation system by the
> way. Or I could put it
> in the middle of the wall. I'm concerned with safety
> but also having it
> usable? Also, what can be above it?! In the back
> corner I have some
> shelves 4-5 feet above. I'd assume these would have
> to be emptied. Any
> comments?
>
> Thanks!
> Richard
>
>
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L. P. Skeen on mon 17 jul 00


Richard,

My studio is the (entire) garage on our house.(Ok, I"m bragging; I love my
studio, we just finished it out) My kiln is located just inside the
garage door, in front of the window. When we finished the studio last
month, we put a piece of firecode sheetrock in the wall behind the kiln. I
do not have a ventilation system, so I fire at night or when I'm not needing
to be in the studio. I open the garage door about a foot, and put a big
square fan in teh window pointing out to draw fumes. This system works
well. The fuse is in the regular fusebox with all the other house fuses. I
don't know what a sub box is.

RE: Shelves above: Ginny built me a shelf for my kiln posts and cones out
of firecode sheetrock scraps.

Lisa