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How do you suggest moving a kiln without damaging it?

When moving a top-loading kiln out of the way when not in use, avoid pushing the kiln on the stand. This can damage the stand. Instead, lift the kiln. If you move the kiln frequently, get a deluxe stand with casters. The wheels are heavy-duty and designed to last a lifetime.

It is easier to move a kiln with a large dolly than with a two-wheeler. If you use a two-wheeler, place a flat side of the kiln against the two-wheeler. Do not place the switch box against it. Be careful not to jar the kiln when lowering it.

Never lift a kiln by the peephole. Use the hand-lifts, or lift from the bottom.

When moving a top-loading kiln out of the way when not in use, avoid pushing the kiln on the stand. This can damage the stand. Instead, lift the kiln. If you move the kiln frequently, get a deluxe stand with casters. The wheels are heavy-duty and designed to last a lifetime.

It is easier to move a kiln with a large dolly than with a two-wheeler. If you use a two-wheeler, place a flat side of the kiln against the two-wheeler. Do not place the switch box against it. Be careful not to jar the kiln when lowering it.

Never lift a kiln by the peephole. Use the hand-lifts, or lift from the bottom.

The main concern in moving a kiln is brick damage, especially to the lid. The wiring is usually not affected by a move. Sandwich a 1/16"-thick sheet of foam packing between the kiln body and the lid. The foam sheet must extend under the lid completely so that no section of the lid touches the kiln walls. This is very important. I have seen kilns sent to the factory without the protective sheet under the lid. The kilns were always damaged. If you are moving a front-loading kiln, place the foam sheet between the door and firing chamber.

Another packing option for top-loading kilns is to place a sheet of cardboard between the lid and kiln body. The cardboard should be covered with a sheet of 1/16" foam on each side.

Lay a 1"-thick piece of Styrofoam board over a wooden pallet. Then place the kiln on the Styrofoam. (The Styrofoam and pallet must be large enough for the entire kiln.) On top of the kiln lid, place one or two sheets of 1"-thick Styrofoam, and on top of that, a light-weight pallet. Then band the two pallets tightly. If you are moving the kiln a long distance, you could nail vertical 1x4 boards at the corners to form a crate. Then add diagonal boards on the sides for stability.

Do not place anything inside the kiln during a move, especially shelves and posts. Unless your kiln is securely crated, do not place anything on top of it. If possible, place the kiln near the front of a truck or trailer where the ride is smoother.

This is the method we use to pack kilns at trade shows. They arrive back at the factory still in new condition. We take a hammer, portable drill, diagonal cutter, banding ratchet, banding crimper, and a small roll of steel banding with us. For trade shows, we assemble the crates with screws instead of nails. You might want to use that idea so that you can save the kiln crate for future use.



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