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Remove all flammable materials from around the kiln.



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Vacuum the kiln with the brush nozzle of a vacuum. Remember to vacuum the brick grooves. If you have difficulty removing and pottery debris inside the grooves, use a narrow wand type vacuum cleaner nozzle being careful not to scrape the brick walls.

Vacuum around and under the kiln floor, shelves, and walls. This keeps the kiln interior cleaner and adds life to the vent motor.

Check the kiln wash on shelves and kiln bottom for cracks and bare spots in the coating. Remove any glaze drips. Reapply kiln wash if needed.

Check the power cord and outlet for heat damage. Has the cord touched the side of the kiln during firing? This will damage the cord insulation. Replace the cord or wall outlet that shows signs of heat damage.

Make sure elements are not bulging out of the grooves. Repair if necessary.

Coat the inner lid surface and the top rim of firebrick with kiln coating cement after every few months of regular firing.

Kiln downdraft vents, check the aluminum vent duct for leaks.

Digital kilns, make sure the thermocouple extends far enough into kiln which is about a half inch.

Kiln Sitter Maintenance

Use the kiln sitter firing gauge to calibrate the trigger every twenty firings. If you do not have a gauge order one from your kiln manufacturer.

Remove and examine the cone supports. Replace if warped.

Apply kiln wash to the cone supports and end of the actuating rod.

Move the actuating rod up and down. It must move freely inside the porcelain tube.

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