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Glass from a pot melt went over the side of the shelf and spilled onto the sidewall element, covering 1/2” of element length. I have fired the kiln about 10 times since. What should I do?

At high temperatures, glass conducts electricity. Glass on top of an element creates an electrical "short" between the element coils. The electrical short causes the section of element that is covered by glass to overheat. By covering the element coils, the glass also prevents the element from releasing its heat into the kiln. For these two reasons, the element usually burns out quickly where glass or ceramic glaze covers it.

Seventy percent of the power in your Fusion-10 goes to the lid elements. Only 30% of the power goes to the sidewall element. For this reason the sidewall element is not getting hot enough to melt the glass that is encasing the element.

We suggest that you replace the element. Dig out all remaining traces of glass from the element groove. Use a screwdriver or sharp dental tool to remove the glass particles. Then vacuum out the groove before you install a new element.

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