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Quick Repair of a Top-Loading Kiln's Rusted Steel Base

Recently someone asked, "I live beside the sea and the metal bottom of my kiln has rusted and fallen apart. How do I fix this?"

Paragon 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12-sided kilns have a galvanized steel base plate under the firebrick bottom. The base plate covers the entire bottom and folds up inside the stainless steel case on all sides.

Though the base plate is galvanized steel, it may eventually rust especially if you fire moist greenware or live near the ocean.

The easiest way to repair a rusted base is to lay a piece of galvanized sheet metal between the kiln and kiln stand. You don’t even need to remove the old base from the kiln.

You can buy the galvanized sheet metal from a hardware store. It should be large enough to protect the entire kiln bottom.

Wishing you a successful 2005,

Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P. 2011 South Town East Blvd. Mesquite, TX 75149-1122 972-288-7557 / 800-876-4328 Fax: 972-222-0646 /

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