[Clayart] Small kiln

Dorothy Parshall dorothyp at whidbey.com
Tue Feb 25 20:48:25 EST 2020

There are plenty oof small kilns. ConeArt, Paragon and others. You might get one second hand as I have - for $200 or $300. They are 220V and not suitable for an extension cord. I had an electrician run a line for me from house to shed for one. Most of them can plug into a dryer outlet. Choose one that is very downscale!  Simple is easier and less problematic. We do have a specially made extension cord  so we can move kiln to back deck in summer.  So that too is possible. The  poem, “I dwell in possibilities…” (Emily Dickinson, perhaps.) one of my life themes. 

For exhaust: Currently, a kiln is in a shed attached to house but the house side is so well insulated that I only have to leave the door to shed open. I have used a large square exhaust fan at times, a standing fan at other times. Whatever works/ whatever I have available. I even hae a custom built hood with a wonderful squirrel cage fan in a metal dryer hose type vent. It worked really well when I needed it. I had the kiln in bathroom in one house and a square fan in window. In a laundry room…ditto. I have lived numerous places and had a few kilns and various situations. Always soluble. I am hypersensitive to all odors/fumes so clearing the air is a priority. 

Of course, it depends on what sort of pottery you are wanting to do. I have always stuck to cone 6 stoneware. Took me 40 years to realize that I was in a deep rut; don’t have the energy to change now.

Never had a permit but never had insurance either. But we are only dealing with lots of heat and the possibility that something could go wrong - never has in forty years…  

Dorothy,  Ontario/Quebec 

> On Feb 25, 2020, at 11:05 AM, Kathy Forer <kef at kforer.com> wrote:
> I’m moving for a year or more into a small house without enough room for my 27” and 23” vented kilns. 
> Does anyone make a 16 x 16 x 16 inch interior bisque kiln that would work in a garden shed on extension cord – doesn’t sound right? Would probably need an electrician to bury a wire for the twenty feet away from the shed house. Does a garden shed even work for a kiln in the Northeast? That would be great if insulation is enough to weatherize!
> Perhaps easier would be a something in the basement that is self-vented? without venting? Or venting through a window?
> I’ll have 200 amps but much of it distributed already. 
> Thanks!
> Sent from my iPhone

More information about the Clayart mailing list