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How does one determine the kilowatts that a kiln is designed to draw?

Look at the kiln's electrical data plate. It is usually on the side of the switch box. The data plate lists the watts, amps, and volts. Divide the wattage of your kiln by 1000, which gives kilowatts.

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I am setting up a glass fusing studio in our two-car garage. Will I need extra ventilation in the garage?

Glass usually does not produce strong fumes in the firing room. So it would be okay to fire with the garage door open. If you use fiber shelf paper or glass paints, you should install the Orton Vent Master, which removes the fumes and vents them outd ... [More]

I just got an SC-2 tabletop kiln. But WHAT do I set the kiln on so I don't burn down my house?

Small tabletop kilns should be placed on a fireproof surface. An 18” x 18” sheet of steel, a large cordierite ceramic shelf, or a large ceramic tile on top of a table makes a good work surface.

A steel table would also be ideal. You can find ... [More]

Is it okay if the electric circuit has an outlet for my kiln and an outlet for my dryer?

The kiln should have a dedicated circuit, which means that the circuit should power only one wall outlet for a single appliance. Your circuit violates the electrical codes.

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Some of your kilns are rated 20 amps for a 20 amp outlet. Do they actually draw less than 20 amps?

20 amp Paragon kilns actually draw 20 amps. We sometimes rate a kiln at a full 20 amps so that it can still plug into a common 20 amp circuit. This saves the customer the expense of installing a less common higher-amp circuit. Placing a 20 amp kiln o ... [More]

The 240-volt studio kiln I want comes with a cord and plug. Can it be direct wired? And isn't direct wiring a bit safer than using the plug?

A kiln that has a cord and plug can be direct wired by your electrician. He would need to cut off the attachment cap (plug). Yes, direct wiring is better than plugging the kiln into a wall outlet. This is because over a long period of time, it is pos ... [More]

What is the difference between 220 and 240 volts?

In the United States, 220 volts is not an actual voltage. It is a label used for appliances that can run on either 208 or 240 volts. If your electrical system is rated at 240 volts and the actual voltage is 220, then you have low voltage, which will ... [More]

What is the difference between 50 and 60 hertz?

Paragon kilns can operate on 50 or 60 hertz. The difference in hertz does not affect the digital controller. However, the difference in hertz does alter the speed of the SnF-series timer motor and Dawson Kiln Sitter Limit Timer.

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What is the difference between a 120 volt kiln and a 208 or 240 volt kiln?

The difference is mainly size. A 120 volt kiln must be small to generate enough heat to fire ceramics or glass. If the 120 volt kiln is small enough, it can be designed to fire even stoneware and porcelain. Examples are the Q-11A and Xpress-Q-11A, wh ... [More]

Where do you suggest placing an electric kiln?

NOTE: Your local building codes supersede our recommendations.

In most home studios, the kiln goes in the garage or basement. An alternate location is a separate storage building. It is okay to place the kiln in an unheated building in cold w ... [More]

Where in my apartment should I fire my small 120 volt kiln?

Fire the kiln on your balcony if you have one.

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