- Start Here
- Choose a Kiln
- Request Literature
Do Not Fire Toxic, Flammable, or Unknown Materials
- 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
- Plastics, organic materials, bakeable modeling clay, mothballs and a large variety of materials can decompose under heat causing the release of highly toxic fumes or rapid uncontrollable combustion.
- Rocks, marbles, cement and other materials may explode under high temperatures.
- Before firing anything but ceramics, glass and metal (obtained from a known reputable source) in a kiln carefully investigate what happens under heat.
- This is the sole responsibility of the user.
- The kiln is not designed to be used for firing hazardous materials.
- Adding propane, wood, charcoal or other materials inteneded to produce a reduction atmosphere can be hazardous if the volume is sufficient. Note that these materials can cause an explosion under certain conditions (just the right amount of air and flammable gasses at just the right temperature) which could cause injury or death. Moreover, a reducing atmosphere can cause premature element failure by reducing the protective oxide coating on the elements. Also note that carbonacious materials will produce poisonous carbon monoxide and highly flammable hydrogen as they decompose at high temperatures. Also note that the "auto-ignition" temperature of flammable gasses is generally above 1400° F.