I have a Paragon miniature kiln, inner chamber a 5 inch cube, that
takes 117V at 15 amps.
I bought the kiln planning to do enamelling with it and maybe even to
fire some porcelain elements and even glass beads.
The directions on it specify to never use an extension cord with it.
Unfortunately, my entire shed is powered by an extension cord about
80 feet away from my house, which means that I can NEVER run my kiln
in side the shed with the present wiring.
I understand that since a kiln operates for hours at a time, I would
need thicker wiring than usual so that it would not overheat under a
continuous duty electrical load.
I’ve talked this over with local electricians, and I’ve come up with
I’m planning to run a 60 amp breaker from the house using #6
three-conductor wire via Schedule 8 PVC underground conduit, per
I would then run this to a local panel that I would install in the
shed, each of them with a 15 amp breaker wired to respective outlets
for the kiln, lights, space heaters, and intermittent duty power
That way, I could plug the kiln into an outlet and be done with it.
Total cost for the work would be about $500, not counting permit.
Can anyone with kiln or electrical experience tell me what is missing
in this picture?
Andrew Jonathan Fine