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Title: Damaged kiln
Post by: sandmor1 on December 21, 2015, 09:32:56 AM
I have the chance of a new kiln which has damaged brickwork. It has a long crack running down one side.  My husband is strongly against it as he feels this will deteriorate very quickly once we start firing. The price is a bargain but not if it falls apart after a year or two..would anyone like to add their two pennyworth?

Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: ajda on December 21, 2015, 10:37:59 AM
A crack, depending on how big and bad it is, may not be much of a problem and brickwork can be repaired or replaced in any case - so it could be a real bargain, but I should see what Lee at Kilncare says about it. What make/type of kiln is it? And what are you going to use it for?

Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: sandmor1 on December 21, 2015, 11:57:12 AM
Thanks Lee..that's very helpful

Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: sandmor1 on December 21, 2015, 11:59:07 AM
Sorry...Alan..I meant Alan..senior moment


Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: Steampunkglass on December 21, 2015, 12:31:27 PM
You can get some cement that fills in the cracks, or just replace the bricks which aren't too expensive either. I have a small ex-ceramics kiln here that was in a terrible state when I got it, and literally had to dig exploded bits of element and glaze out of the brickwork, then replace/fill some of the firebricks. Its been a great little kiln for the past few years, and is clicking away behind me as I type. If you feel confident enough to do the repair, and the cost of new bricks isn't more than you'd save, I'd give it some serious consideration, but if it's only a few pounds saving then I'd get a new one with a full guarantee in case there is anything else wrong with it

Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: sandmor1 on December 22, 2015, 01:09:06 AM
Well actually the price reduction is huge..from nearly 1600 down to 800.
My husband was not in favour of it from the start. He never really likes buying anything damaged in case of other unseen damage.
Anyway after much tooing and froing..first a second hand kiln, next a new Nebertherm or Paragon then the  new damaged Paragon...I have finally decided on the Kilncare Hobbyfuser3. Definitely. . It gets the best reviews and Warm Glass have always been very helpful.
So that's it.. Christmas and New Year  over I will be adding a new kiln to my new studio in the garden which was completed yesterday. Now what do I do with my Skutt Hotstart.  Keep it or sell it?
I know a second smaller kiln is always useful but really I don't have room for two. But although it is less than 2 years old I don't suppose I would get much for it. Oh dear..decisions..decisions

Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: ajda on December 22, 2015, 01:21:02 AM
I don't think you can go wrong with a Hobbyfuser - I'd choose one of theirs over a Paragon every time. We have three kilns, including a Hobbyfuser, and all are useful, but if you need the space you should be able to get a good 2nd hand price for the Skutt.

Title: Re: Damaged kiln
Post by: Rascal on December 22, 2015, 03:17:03 AM
I love my Hobbyfuser so good choice. Lee and his guys are brilliant and they've made an excellent kiln, design wise and quality.  I kept my Paragon SC2 for lampworking and occasionally still use it for small fusing but am so glad I got the hobbyfuser for main fusing.