[Clayart] Element Life

Michele Hartung via Clayart clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
Sun Aug 24 11:36:03 EDT 2014

Thanks Snail and Robert.  There are four elements in the center section and
two that compose the top and bottom.  The cost to replace is about $300.00,
so I have posed the question to the technical staff at Skutt.  All of your
suggestions have been so helpful and I really thank you.  I'm going to
check those relays today.


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM, Snail Scott via Clayart <
clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> wrote:

> On Aug 21, 2014, at 5:16 PM, Michele Hartung via Clayart wrote:
> > ...The last glaze firing was 2 hours slower than the first glaze
> > firing after the element change...Am I looking at a danger of the kiln
> failing...
> Not catastrophic failure, unless they are damaged. They will
> mostly just work less and less well, and have to fire longer to
> reach temperature. At some point, they will cease to get hot
> enough to reach temperature, but before that happens, you'll
> probably get fed up with the increased firing times. It will run
> more efficiently on new elements, but it's up to you to choose
> the optimum point in the tradeoff - long firing times (and electric
> bills) versus the cash, time and effort of replacement. Swapping
> them out too often makes no more sense than not doing it often
> enough, but there's no exact 'tipping point'.
>                   -Snail
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