Thursday, 23 June 2011

Kiln Electrical Engineer

Both Kilns packed up last week so I've been 10 days without a firing
apologies to anyone waiting for pots.
I tried fixing one of the kilns myself but with no luck.
I have a fair understanding of how they work,
because me and my Dad built two 17 cu ft electric top loading kilns
when I was about 18 years old.
I called in John Shepley of
St Helens Networks.
I could have Knocked him over with a feather
when he stood in front of this kiln and said
" I take it this is the offending article"
and I said
" No this is the good one"!
This one still works, but as you can see the Elements
look like they've been having a party in there.
So John set to work on the other one, as you can see the elements in this one
are in perfect condition.
It turned out to be the Contactor, John replaced it and now all is well.
Biscuit firing last night seems to have gone OK.
Should you have a Kiln problem in the South West
John is Based in Torquay

I'll be ordering some new elements for the other kiln over the next week
I'm just going to do a bit of digging around to find the best possible price.
it's a Pottery crafts P5959.

4 comments:

gz said...

I'd start with Bath Potters...but get googling!!

P.Bridges said...

Laughed at the picture of the partying elements. I just had a new Excel Select Fire delivered the other day so I am at the other end of the life cycle right now- at least with this one.
Patricia@bridgespottery.com
www.bridgespottery.com

Hollis Engley said...

Yes, Paul, my Skutt elements are straying regularly from their assigned slots. I need to figure that one out, too.

Peter said...

A potter friend of mine calls those things "Elephants"... so, what you have in there is a stampede!

Time to start planning for the show season.

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