Sectional Kiln Construction for DaVinci Kilns
What is good about sectional construction?
- Sectional kiln construction make DaVinci kilns easy to move, set up and disassemble for maintenance.
- Sections are completely separate from the control panel.
- Each section has its own plug that plugs into a special receptacle in the control panel.
- This makes it easy to disconnect the control panel and send it to the factory for expert service if ever necessary.
Expanding and contracting the size
- Because of this unusual ease of assembling and disassembling Davinci kilns some people have used this feature to expand or contract firing capacity as needed. This can be useful for firing small loads while still maintaining a larger firing capacity. It can also be useful for loading the kiln. This can still be done but there are some considerations to be aware of.
- The DaVinci kilns all come with the standard spring loaded counterbalance system.
- This system actually supports the door independent from the kiln sections with the exception that two stabilizing arms are attached to either the second section or the third section.
- All the sections above these stabilizing arms can be easily removed from the kiln without disassembling the door system.
- This is primarily useful for loading.
- However, if you do want to adjust the size of the kiln all that is required in addition to removing a section or two is to loosen up the clamps holding the door assembly to the counterbalance assembly and adjust it up or down.
- You can order a DaVinci with the stabilizing arms attached to the second section (this is the way it has to come for the two-section kilns). This would allow you to remove the third section. However, only two sections can be above the section with the stabilizing arms. Therefore a DaVinci kiln with stabilizing arms on the second section can only be a maximum of four sections high (36” high).
- The DynaTrol is easily programmable to allow for one two or three-zone operation. So if you had a three section kiln and wanted to fire the kiln as a two sections you would simply plug the two sections into two of the receptacles on the panel and program the DynaTrol for two-zone operation. On a manual kiln you simple don’t turn on any of the circuits you are not using.
- If you anticipate making the kiln larger, you should special order a larger control panel (with the proper number of zones).
- You can see the price differential between a panel with different numbers of circuits in our parts list. The differential between the two panels is added to the price of the new kiln. For instance if you are buying a X3227 three circuit panel with a X3245 five circuit panel you would subtract the price of the DaVinci three circuit panel from the price of the DaVinci five circuit panel and add this difference to the price of the kiln.
- The size of the control box on a DaVinci kiln is physically sized for either five or six circuits (the six circuit boxes are for five section kilns with powered bottoms). This means that you could have the factory add a circuit in your current box in the future without making any investment now.
- This gets a bit more complicated if you are getting or planning to get a powered bottom with an automatic kiln. This is because the wiring for the powered bottom is slightly different on automatic kilns (i.e. where it gets its control output from) and you would not plug a regular section into the powered bottom circuit or vise-versa. Consult factory if you have specific questions.