Shipping Kilns

FOB Point

  1. All Prices are FOB Swedesboro, NJ (25 miles South of Philadelphia)

Shipping class

  1. Shipping class for all kilns is class 85.
  2. Shipping class for parts is class 55.

Freight and handling charges for kilns

  1. Skidded cartons or crates are included in the cost of the kiln. (Note: this is not true for parts - see Freight and handling charges for parts.
  2. There is no extra charge for packing kilns.
  3. The only exception to this is in the case of special crating for export such as treated lumber or full wooden crating.
  4. All such charges will be quoted ahead of shipping.

Collect shipments

  1. You can have the kiln shipped freight collect if you prefer. (This is where the freight charges are paid by the receiver; it does not refer to COD charges for the kiln itself - which we do not allow).
  2. You typically should have an account with the trucking company for this or else they will need a check when the kiln is delivered.
  3. We do allow shipping with 3rd party billing. However, if damage occurs we cannot file a claim.

Prepay And add

  1. L&L can pre-pay and add the shipping cost.
  2. Contact us for estimated freight charges.
  3. Freight charges can be quoted verbally or in writing if requested.
  4. Freight charges will be invoiced at the time of shipment except for distributors.

Shipping arrangements

  1. L&L will make all shipping arrangements with you prior to shipping.

Cooperation Required for Receiving Kilns

  1. The carrier is responsible for unloading your kiln off of the truck only.
  2. Some locations can present major challenges - like long winding or hilly driveways. Available trucks might not always be able to carry out their mission.
  3. We please ask that you cooperate and assist the truck driver to make the process as easy as possible for everyone.
  4. The most import thing you can do is to let us know ahead of time what the conditions are like so the trucker can choose the best truck for the job.

Choice of freight carrier

  1. We ship by common carriers of our choice. All shipments that we control are fully insured.
  2. Front-Loading kilns (and some other special kilns) ship by Air Ride and we always ship with a freight carrier of our choice.
  3. DaVinci kilns ship by common carrier but we also ship with a freight carrier of our choice for these shipments.
  4. For smaller standard kilns like Easy-Fire and Jupiter kilns you may specify a freight carrier. However, if you specify your own freight company, you will be completely responsible for insurance and any damage claims. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU LET US CHOOSE THE FREIGHT CARRIER. There are definitely some freight carriers who we would NOT recommend.

Pick up at the factory

  1. There is a $50 fee for factory pick-ups unless a skidded kiln can be
    loaded into the customer's vehicle with a forklift (such as into a pick
    up truck). This is because of the extra production hours involved in
    performing this service.
  2. We can load the kiln in your car or van without a skid. However, this must be coordinated with the shop production manager ahead of time to make sure you have enough room and the proper equipment for doing this.
  3. We reserve the right not to load the kiln in a way that could be unsafe or could cause damage.
  4. You MUST have enough room available to load the kiln easily (for instance, we are not going to stuff a kiln into an already overloaded van).

Shipping damage

  1. Because of our excellent packaging we have very little freight damage. However, it does happen on occasion.
  2. Damage is usually obvious from the condition of the crate or carton.
  3. If you notice an obviously damaged carton the best thing you can do is refuse delivery or call our office. We may require an inspection at the shipping terminal before deciding if the shipment is to be returned. The shipping company retains possession and responsibility until the issue is resolved.
  4. Even if it seems minor, record all damage upon receiving your kiln and take lots of photographs.
  5. SEE OUR ENTIRE STATEMENT ABOUT SHIPPING DAMAGE.

Liftgate

  1. Liftgate loading trucks have elevators on the back of the truck that allow a heavy kiln to be lowered to the ground.
  2. If you don’t have a loading dock, this is probably essential.
  3. This may result in a delay in delivery, because typically there is only one liftgate loading truck per truck terminal.
  4. Liftgate loading is available for an extra charge.
  5. L&L is not responsible for any redelivery charges, which can occur if the carrier is not aware that liftgate service is necessary. Because these charges can be substantial, we emphasize that it is the responsibility of the customer and/or distributor to be aware of the recipient's loading capabilities. Please communicate these to L&L before we arrange shipping.

Residential delivery

  1. Extra charges are incurred for all residential deliveries.
  2. Remember that common carrier shippers use large trucks. If you have an unusually difficult driveway for a truck to navigate, they may insist on delivering it to the top of the driveway. You may want to have the kiln delivered to a terminal and then unpack the kiln at the terminal and load it into you car, van or pick up truck. The sectional construction of our kilns makes this possible. Still, this is a two person job.
  3. Typically when an order leaves our facility, it becomes the freight carriers responsibility to care for the freight and the customer’s responsibility to work out the scheduled delivery appointment with the freight carrier. 
  4.  Common carriers typically ship on a 52 foot LTL, 18 wheel truck. If you do not specify that a 52 foot LTL Truck is not able to fit down your street, it could delay your delivery time considerably.
  5. Most carriers try to provide residential areas with a 33 foot to 28 foot short truck upon delivery. However, it’s not always possible or available. It is based on the availability of the right equipment at the local delivery terminal. 
  6. Delivery trucks smaller than a 33 or 28 feet are not normally available.
  7. If a short truck is required for residential delivery, it must be specified upon ordering. The customer must be willing to cooperate with the carrier, and if need be have additional help on site to help unload the kiln down the road to their home or garage.
  8. Inside Delivery is not available.
  9. Another option is to pick-up the kiln at the carrier’s terminal.  Note: The customer will be responsible for any transport damages, from your personal vehicle back to the final destination.

Call ahead service

  1. You can ask to have the trucking company call you 24 hours before delivery.
  2. This must be mentioned with your order.
  3. We must have several phone numbers to reach you at including a mobile number if available.

delivery from your distributor

  1. Some local distributors offer delivery and set up. Be sure to ask.

Effective Date

August 1, 2015