How do I move a used kiln?

How do I move a used kiln?

Question: We are getting ready to move long distance and wondered how we can pack/box/crate our kilns so they are protected in transit. 

Answer: The way we back them in the factory would be rather difficult without specialized boxes and foam-in-place machines. We would suggest packing it on a wooden skid with 1" Styrofoam on the bottom and then in between each layer. Put the rings down first, then the top, and then using some styrofoam spacers, put the bottom on top of the top (the last thing at the top should be the kiln bottom slab). Then wrap everything tightly in stretch wrap (70 gauge is fine) so it is one integrated solid mass. Then strap the whole mass to the skid protecting the pressure of the strapping at the top with some wood. We are assuming you are moving this in a moving van and not by common carrier - which would require much more packaging than what we are describing.

Another answer: Take the panel and lid off. If you can get your hands on some styrofoam or other firm cushing material put a layer of that between each ring. The bottom can go on top of the rings and the top on top of the bottom. Then wrap everything tightly with shrink wrap so it forms one tight bundle. Then pack the whole bundle in a packing box with cushioning around it (bubble wrap or whatever you can get). Make sure there is a good firm foam pad under the bottom. The panel can be wrapped separately and put in another box or in the same box if there is room.