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The Kiln’s Circuit Wire Size

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The Kiln’s Circuit Wire Size

Recent Q&As: The kiln lid safety switch

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Before installing your kiln, please look up the recommended wire gauge for the kiln’s circuit. That information is listed in the kiln manufacturer’s specifications for most brands of kilns.

If you are planning to connect the kiln to an existing circuit, be sure the circuit has been wired with the correct wire gauge for the circuit breaker. The wire gauge, or thickness, determines how much electricity can safely pass through the circuit. The thicker the wire, the lower the wire gauge number. (For instance, a #12 wire is thicker than a #14 wire.)

If possible, install the kiln within 25’ (7.6 meters) of the breaker or fuse panel. For every additional 50’ (15 meters) from the panel, increase the circuit wire size by one gauge.

Have an electrician determine the wire gauge of the circuit for you if you are in doubt.



Q. Which countries require the lid safety switch on kilns? [This is the switch that turns off power to the elements when the lid or door of a kiln is opened.]

A. The lid safety switch is required in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The lid safety switch is not required in Africa, Central America, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South America, Taiwan, UAE, and the United States.



"Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs." —Mario Andretti


This morning the frost on my truck windows formed the geometric patterns of a pottery crystalline glaze. As I drove to Paragon in darkness, passing headlights and green and red traffic lights expanded in soft halos in the hazy glass. Dawn looked like the orange light that appears around a kiln lid.

I imagine that you have been busy making beautiful gifts in your kiln. That is a relaxing, enjoyable way to prepare for Christmas. All of us at Paragon wish you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Thank you,

With best wishes,

Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P. – Better Designed Kilns 2011 South Town East Blvd., Mesquite, Texas 75149-1122 Voice: 972-288-7557 & 800-876-4328 / Fax: 972-222-0646 / / /

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