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keeping a stiff upper lid

updated mon 7 feb 05

 

Lisa Skeen on wed 2 feb 05


Hey Primal,

I have a new Paragon 1 year old, with that very kewl counterbalanced lid
that I can raise with a pinkie. Ever since I've had it, the lid has raised
itself at least an inch any time it's hotter than "red heat" inside. Arnold
says I need a hinge adjustment (on the kiln, not on me), but the guy who
sold me the kiln won't come fix it even though it has a 3 year warranty, and
I"m not about to try it for myself. I have a stack of pavers on the floor
beside the kiln because I'm vertically challenged when it comes to getting
into the bottom of the kiln, so I've taken to putting one of the pavers on
the lid when I fire. It doesn't completely stop the lid raising, but does
reduce the amount that the lid comes up. So now you have a use for those
nifty cinder blocks.....

L
----- Original Message -----
From: "primalmommy"


> For some reason, ever since I moved my big evenheat kiln off its previous
cinder block platform, (I know, I know) and onto the kiln vent stand, the
lid seems to bow in the hottest part of the firing so that there's a big,
heat-losing, cold-sucking gap in the front.

primalmommy on wed 2 feb 05


For some reason, ever since I moved my big evenheat kiln off its
previous cinder block platform, (I know, I know) and onto the kiln vent
stand, the lid seems to bow in the hottest part of the firing so that
there's a big, heat-losing, cold-sucking gap in the front. I just
figured I would tighten and readjust it once it cooled, but when it's
not in mid-red heat, it behaves itself.

"Your roof leaks. Why don't you fix it?"

"'Cause when it leaks, it's too rainy -- and when the sun is shining,
well, it don't leak."

Any insights about how to remedy the situation?


Yours
Kelly in Ohio


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Dale Neese on wed 2 feb 05


Hi Kelly,
I cut fiber blanket as a "gasket" to match the top ring of my electric where
the lid rests. In the front I leave the pieces thick and in the rear I pull
the layers of fiber apart making thinner pieces to fit.
All precautions apply when working with ceramic fiber blanket.

Dale Tex
"across the alley from the Alamo"
San Antonio, Texas USA

Jonathan Kirkendall on thu 3 feb 05


Lisa dear, YOU are going need a hinge adjustment if you keep lifting
cinder blocks off the floor every time you fire. I do hope you're
lifting from knees???

:-)

See you soon,
Jonathan in DC

Lisa Skeen wrote:

>Hey Primal,
>
>I have a new Paragon 1 year old, with that very kewl counterbalanced lid
>that I can raise with a pinkie. Ever since I've had it, the lid has raised
>itself at least an inch any time it's hotter than "red heat" inside. Arnold
>says I need a hinge adjustment (on the kiln, not on me), but the guy who
>sold me the kiln won't come fix it even though it has a 3 year warranty, and
>I"m not about to try it for myself. I have a stack of pavers on the floor
>beside the kiln because I'm vertically challenged when it comes to getting
>into the bottom of the kiln, so I've taken to putting one of the pavers on
>the lid when I fire. It doesn't completely stop the lid raising, but does
>reduce the amount that the lid comes up. So now you have a use for those
>nifty cinder blocks.....
>
>L
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "primalmommy"
>
>
>
>
>>For some reason, ever since I moved my big evenheat kiln off its previous
>>
>>
>cinder block platform, (I know, I know) and onto the kiln vent stand, the
>lid seems to bow in the hottest part of the firing so that there's a big,
>heat-losing, cold-sucking gap in the front.
>
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Lisa Skeen on sat 5 feb 05


Well, it might work, but Arnold says it might hurt the bricks in the back of
the kiln to hold the lid down while firing. Let me make it perfectly clear,
folks, the problem with my kiln has NOTHING to do with Arnold Howard; he's
been very helpful and I love the kiln otherwise. I bought the kiln from
David Snyder at All Fired Up in Charlotte NC. I have called, left messages,
sent emails, and he does not respond. Any ideas welcome.

Thanks,

L
----- Original Message -----
From: "Neil Fallon"

> Lisa,
>
> I just had this idea. Instead of lifting concrete blocks to the top of
the> kiln, why not fashion a simple latching system that holds the lid to
the
> concrete block that remain on the floor.

Neil Fallon on sat 5 feb 05


Lisa,

I just had this idea. Instead of lifting concrete blocks to the top of the
kiln, why not fashion a simple latching system that holds the lid to the
concrete block that remain on the floor. A piece of cable connected to the
lid handle long enough to reach the block on the floor. At the "block end"
attach an "L" shaped bracket. Close the lid and slid the bracket into the
holes of the concrete block. No heavy lifting.

Whatcha think?

Neil Fallon
Rock Pond Pottery


-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On Behalf Of Lisa Skeen
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 9:24 PM
To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
Subject: Re: Keeping a stiff upper lid


Hey Primal,

I have a new Paragon 1 year old, with that very kewl counterbalanced lid
that I can raise with a pinkie. Ever since I've had it, the lid has raised
itself at least an inch any time it's hotter than "red heat" inside. Arnold
says I need a hinge adjustment (on the kiln, not on me), but the guy who
sold me the kiln won't come fix it even though it has a 3 year warranty, and
I"m not about to try it for myself. I have a stack of pavers on the floor
beside the kiln because I'm vertically challenged when it comes to getting
into the bottom of the kiln, so I've taken to putting one of the pavers on
the lid when I fire. It doesn't completely stop the lid raising, but does
reduce the amount that the lid comes up. So now you have a use for those
nifty cinder blocks.....

L
----- Original Message -----
From: "primalmommy"


> For some reason, ever since I moved my big evenheat kiln off its previous
cinder block platform, (I know, I know) and onto the kiln vent stand, the
lid seems to bow in the hottest part of the firing so that there's a big,
heat-losing, cold-sucking gap in the front.

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