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I have a small Paragon computer kiln with a 12" x 12" interior. Should I vent it? It's going to be used to test cone 6 glazes and fire bisque. It will be in the garage next to my large kiln.

The answer depends on how often you fire the kiln, what else is stored in your garage, and whether the garage is attached to a living area. If the garage is attached to a house, then you should vent the kiln. The fumes from clay and glazes can move through the walls to your living area.

Fumes from certain clays can eventually etch window glass and rust tools. If you are not going to use a vent, then the garage should be cleared of tools and other items that can rust. Open the windows and circulate the air with several fans.

Since the kiln will be next to your large kiln, you could use an existing downdraft vent for both kilns by adding the optional Orton Expansion Kit.

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