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Kilns Installation & Location

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Guidelines to Siting a Kiln

Every location has its own peculiarities: doors, windows, access dimensions, power supply, water supply, floor, ceiling and lighting etc.  These all impinge on the kiln selection and the final placement of the kiln itself. Remember to check all access routes are wide enough to fit the dimensions of your intended purchase e.g. doors, hallways etc.  For example, one customer neglected to measure the width of her lift doors and this resulted in extra charges - the kiln was finally delivered through an upper floor window using a crane!

Preferably kilns should be sited in a separate room or area on appropriate flooring (taking into consideration the weight of the kiln).  There should be adequate clearance between the kiln and the walls and ceiling. Kilns should be sited with due regard to ventilation and heating, mechanical hazards, means of access, lighting and noise etc.  The Health & Safety Executive have issued guidelines on the "Safe use of kilns in schools and craft studios".

Ceramic kilns are essentially simple and safe to use, provided that the proper controls and safety devices are fitted and that the safe method of working is fully understood. It makes sense to be able to choose from a range of kilns where your particular environmental conditions can be accommodated.

We strongly recommend that a qualified electrician confirms your chosen destination has an appropriate power supply - this should be done prior to ordering your kiln.

Want to buy a 13amp kiln with a household plug?

Some of the smaller kilns are available to buy fitted with 13amp plug - a standard household plug.

Please note that extension leads are not recommended when using kilns that are supplied with a 13amp plug.  This is for several reasons (1) the kiln will need to draw on the maximum amount of power available and extension leads can reduce the power supply (even when the extension lead is fully extended) and (2) there is an increased risk of danger due to sockets being overloaded, overused, damaged cabling, conductors failing and incorrectly rated fuses for the equipment being used etc.  

Furthermore, it is important to know that 2.9kw kiln will draw 12.6amps current, just under the maximum rating for a 13amp plug/socket. Therefore, it is important to check the following to ensure a good power supply

  • check that the socket used is not worn (electrical contact area could be reduced resulting in less capacity to handle a high load of 12.6 amps)
  • check the socket connections for the supply (cables may be loose).
  • avoid using other equipment plugged into the same circuit - especially high powered appliances.
It is the purchasers responsibility to ensure that the electrical supply is capable of supplying the require load/current and is in good working order. It should preferably be a dedicated supply capable of supplying at least 13 amps.

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