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I have a top-loading Pearl 22. Is it normal to be able to see from one side of the kiln to the other through the crack/opening between the kiln top (lid) and the bottom? This is at room temperature.

Yes, this is normal. When we assemble the kiln, we temporarily put a piece of sheet metal between the sections toward the hinge area of the kiln. The metal acts as a spacer that creates a gap between the top and bottom kiln sections. This space allows for expansion so the top and bottom sections do not push against each other when hot.

The front of the kiln may have a small gap, too. The top of the kiln has pistons to assist in lifting the top. A small gap is designed to compensate for the pistons, which will lose a little of their force over time.

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