Which kiln is good for firing ceramic clay?

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I decided to have a kiln for ceramic pottery. So I want some recommendations about it.

• Flipturn on May 31, 2021

Keep in mind that you may need your electrical line upgraded to handle the electricity required to run the kiln.

This article covers may factors to consider before installing a home kiln:

• Dee on May 31, 2021

Not just the electrical outlet, probably a 220 but also upgrade on the breaker box. For mid-range material, a kiln should be firing at a temperature between 2124℉ and 2264℉ (1162-1240℃). Too high for a typical house current

• Cheryl A on May 31, 2021

here is info

https://craftychica.com/2014/10/kiln-tips/

• Just like any large purchase, I imagine it might take some general research to find what fits your particular goals and needs. Be sure to research what the kiln needs electricity-wise and space-wise, taking into consideration where it will be located.

• Chas' Crazy Creations on Jun 01, 2021
• Here are some tips on buying a new or used kiln: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7b5Sl1I0Pw

• Lifestyles Homes on Jun 05, 2021

There are 120V kilns: https://kilnfrog.com/pages/biggest-kiln-on-household-current

To clarify the electrical “outlet” and “panel” vocabulary:

Voltage is either 120 or 240V.

240V outlets have specific shapes to them so there’s no mistaking them.

If you decide to buy a 240V kiln and don’t have a 240V outlet then you’re going to hire an electrician:

A 240V outlet will need a dedicated circuit for the Amperage of the kiln.

That would require a breaker in your breaker box of the next higher Amps.

Example 38A kiln gets a 40A breaker in the breaker box.

When you’re shopping if they don’t tell the Amperage, then

Watts divided by Volts=Amps.

Expect a new circuit/outlet to cost you \$150-\$250 depending on if you’ve any space left in your breaker box and how long your circuit run is.

I can explain further on what you can have done if you’ve no space left in your breaker box.

The total Amperage coming into your home is another factor. Older houses may have 60A or 100A Service and newer houses should have 200A.

You can figure this out by looking at your Main breaker in the top of your panel box or in a separate box by itself.

If you want a 240V / 40A kiln in a house with 100A service, the electrician will likely tell you that you need to upgrade the whole house’s Service, which is going to be at least \$2500 depending on what your electrical utility gouges you for, as well as the electrician.