Check For Glaze and Ceramic Chips
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- Use A Qualified Electrician
- Clearances and Flammable Surfaces
- Check Temperatures Around Kiln
- Leveling the Kiln
- Adjusting the Hinge Properly
- Use the Supplied Kiln Stand
- Don't Use an Extension Cord
- Power Cord Must Be Properly Rated
- Use Copper Wire for Hook Up
- Protect Power Cord From Kiln Case
- Keep Kiln Dry & In Protected Space
- Keep A Fire Extinguisher Near Kiln
- Sprinkler Cautions
GENERAL ENVIRONMENT CAUTIONS
LOADING & UNLOADING CAUTIONS
- Turn Off Power While Loading
- Keep Lid Closed When Kiln Is Not In Use
- Do Not Store Anything On Lid
- Do Not Open The Door Above 250°F
- Do Not Unload Kiln While Hot
- Be Careful of Sharp Objects
- Secure Lid While Loading or Unloading If You Have A Spring-Loaded Easy-Lift Hinge
- If You Have a DaVinci Counterbalanced Lid
- If You Have A Basic Hinge With Chain Supports
- Viewing Into The Kiln
- Attend The Firing
- Make Sure Your Kiln Sitter Is Adjusted
- Use Kiln Wash On The Cone Supports
- Understand Your Control
- Program Review on Automatic Kilns with DynaTrol Controls
- Do Not Confuse Cone Numbers
- Use The Proper Thermocouple
- Check Thermocouple Calibration
- Shut Off Kiln At Disconnect or Circuit Breaker
- Do Not Fire Kiln Above 2350°F (1290°C, Cone 10)
POST FIRING CAUTIONS
GENERAL MAINTENANCE CAUTIONS
- Check element holders and walls for glaze, clay chips or anything that could melt at a high temperature.
- If melted clay or glaze comes in contact with an element, a rapid failure could result. The molten material traps the heat radiating from the element and subsequently raises the surface temperature of the wire. The temperature will quickly pass the maximum recommended temperature for the wire and burn it through it.
- To clean holders, a good shop vacuum will handle dust and loose crumbs. A very gentle chisel or grinder may help with glaze contamination on element holders, but remember that the elements themselves are quite brittle when they are cool.
- Replace the contaminated holder if you can not clean it.
- Remove any glaze that has splattered on the firebrick or shelves. (USE SAFETY GLASSES WHEN DOING THIS BECAUSE GLAZE CAN BE LIKE BROKEN GLASS). Vacuum afterward. Note about vacuuming: it is possible to build up a strong static electricity charge when you are vacuuming. If this somehow manages to discharge into the control it can ruin the electronic circuit. Make sure vacuum is grounded and periodically touch some grounded metal surface away from the kiln to discharge the energy.