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How to Crate a Top-Loading Kiln for Shipment

Place a sheet of 1/16” foam packing between the lid and kiln body. The packing must be large enough to protect the entire lid.


How to Crate a Top-Loading Kiln for Shipment

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In addition to reading instructions here, you can also watch a video on crating a kiln:

First, never lift a kiln by a peephole. Use the handles on the sides of the kiln, or lift from the bottom. Unless your kiln is securely crated as described below, do not place anything on top of it during a move.

The main concern in moving a kiln is brick damage, especially to the lid. The wiring is usually not affected by a move. This is how we crate top-loading kilns at the factory:

1) Obtain a wooden pallet. Sometimes shipping docks give them away or sell them cheap. You can find them online by searching for “wooden pallets.” The pallet must be large enough for the entire kiln. Edges of the kiln should not extend out past the pallet. Nail a sheet of 1/2” thick plywood or OSB “waferboard” on top of the pallet.

2) Place several flat sheets of cardboard on top of the plywood/OSB base. The cardboard should be large enough to cover the entire pallet. Tape smaller pieces together if necessary.

3) Lift the kiln onto the pallet with the switch box toward one of the corners. This is so the switch box does not extend out beyond the edge of the pallet.

4) Place one or two layers of 1/16"-thick foam packing between the lid and kiln. The foam sheets must extend under the lid completely so that no section of the lid touches the kiln walls. This is very important. I have seen kilns that were sent to the factory without the protective sheet under the lid. The firebrick edges were always badly damaged.

5) Wrap the kiln with a large piece of 1/16” foam sheeting (the same type used in Step 4). Over that, wrap a sheet of flexible packing cardboard around the kiln.

6) Lay several sheets of 1” thick Styrofoam on top of the kiln lid.

7) Place a thin pallet on top of the Styrofoam sheets. You can make the top out of 1x4 boards nailed onto two 2x4s.

8) Tighten banding or ratchet straps around the packing so the kiln lid, body, and bottom stay securely together during shipping. You can use steel or nylon banding as shown in the video, or nylon tie-down ratchet straps, which are available from home improvement centers. I take ratchet straps to trade shows. The straps should go over the kiln and hold it to the pallet. Do not wrap a tie-down strap over the switch box. The strap might damage it.

9) Nail vertical 1x4 boards at the corners (two boards to a corner) to form a crate. Then add diagonal boards on the sides for stability.

10) For extra stability, place a ratchet strap around the kiln horizontally.

Do not place anything inside the kiln during a move, especially shelves and posts. The kiln is not a shipping container. The exception would be packing material such as bubble wrap.



Q. Will it damage the kiln to not preheat, hold or cool the process in Cone-Fire mode?

A. The kiln will not be damaged in any way by not using Cone-Fire preheat, hold, or slow cooling. These are features that aid in the firing of ceramic ware. The preheat is unnecessary if the ware is already dry. The hold and slow cooling are convenient ways to alter the appearance of some, but not all, glazes.

Q. Does a 120 volt kiln use twice the amps of a 240 volt kiln? Are 120 volt kilns slower? Is there a downside to them compared with the 240 volt kilns?

A. 120 volt kilns tend to be slow because of the low wattage. That is their main disadvantage compared to 240 volt kilns. When a 120 volt kiln and a 240 volt kiln have the same wattage, the 120 volt model will have twice the amperage of a 240 kiln. This is because volts x amps = watts.



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