The kiln stand is something we rarely think about. But like the foundation of a house, it must be rock-solid.
SMALL TABLETOP KILNS
Small tabletop kilns such as the Paragon SC-2 should be placed on a fire-resistant surface. A large ceramic shelf is a good choice. It should extend past the kiln, especially in the front. You can sometimes buy “scratch-n-dent” ceramic shelves at half price. Their only flaw is that they are slightly warped. They make a good work surface for a small kiln.
Even though a ceramic shelf is fireproof, it can transfer heat to the table underneath. For this reason, do not place hot items on the ceramic shelf.
THE KILN STAND ON LARGER KILNS
Most large kilns are designed to be fired on a kiln stand. It raises the kiln off the floor and helps to dissipate heat under the kiln. The top of the stand should be directly under the kiln walls. A stand that is too small for the kiln will strain the brick bottom.
Do not push the kiln to move it. That could damage the stand. Instead, lift the kiln as you slide the stand.
The kiln should be centered on the stand. But before sliding the kiln to center it, find out if your kiln has a galvanized steel base between the brick bottom and kiln stand. Check with a mirror or reach down and touch the kiln bottom where it rests on the stand. If the brick bottom rests directly on the stand, then lift the kiln to center it. If you slide the kiln, the stand could dig into the brick bottom.
With best wishes,
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