Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Replacing Kiln Elements.
You May remember that back in June last year
I showed you this picture of the elements in my oldest Kiln.
They were described by one blogger as Elephants!
and this was a stampede.
I kept putting off ordering new elements, first because a new set costs
and second because I didn't fancy the job of replacing them.
Well I finally ordered some last month and having had then hanging around
for two weeks I finally took the plunge and had a go at
I have a thin layer of 3mm ceramic fibre paper around the edge
which acts as a kind of gasket.
This was irritating my arms as I worked on it.
so I covered it with an old towel.
I would stress that before I started this job I made sure the fuse was out of the electrical box.
( just covering my arse here )
The best thing I did was to order a new set of ceramic connectors
if ever you are fitting new elements on an old kiln
I would suggest this is essential,
The whole job took me about 2 hours and was much easier than
I had anticipated.
Here are the old elements
and below are the tools I used.
I now have a question to ask.
When Firing a kiln for the first time with new elements
do you need to do a trial run ?
I mean I've checked they work and took it up to about 40 oc
But can I fill it full of pots for a bisc fire ?
I'm thinking it's like replacing a flat tyre on a car, as long as you do it
properly then you can just carry on driving.
But with so much experience out there reading this stuff
I would value your comments.
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