It looks like my ancient Kerr 666 kiln is dying, and it picked a
really terrible time to do it. It was giving me trouble a few weeks
back, not heating to the same temp twice in a row when set at the
same setting. I took it in to CR Hill for a check-up. They had it for
a week and could find nothing wrong with it, so they sent it home.
I’ve been casting twice every 24 hours for the past 8 days, working
on a large project for a customer. This afternoon I put the last 4
flasks of the project in to start a burnout. I set it to reach about
350F and left it for 3 hours. I went down later to turn it up to
about 800F, and left it for 3 more hours. I just went down to turn it
up to 1300F, and it’s still at about 400F, and the investment in the
flasks is still gray and dirty. I turned the temperature dial way up
and watched for half an hour, and it does not seem to be getting any
hotter. I left it at the setting that should take it to 1300F, and
I’ll let it sit there overnight, but I’m not expecting it to complete
the burnout. Miracles occasionally happen, but rarely in my
Of course this would happen on a Saturday night of a holiday
weekend, when I can do nothing about it until the following Tuesday.
So much for meeting this project’s deadline… Fortunately, none of
the waxes in those flasks were originals, they were all pulled from
molds. So nothing irreplaceable will be lost but time.
It looks like I’ll be buying a new kiln soon. I’ve only got 110 volt
power outlets in my workshop right now.
What I’d like are recommendations for good brands/models of burnout
kilns that can run on 110 volt power. My current kiln is only 6"x 6"
inside, and holds 4 flasks. Are there any reliable 110 kilns that are
bigger than this? What’s the best 110 volt kiln for this use, and who
has the best prices?
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