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[[File:Kiln.jpg|300px|thumb|right|1000°C pizza oven]]
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{{EquipmentInfobox
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| name = Kiln <!-- Name of the item. -->
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| image = Kiln.jpg <!-- Image of the item. Leave with placeholder image if none exists. -->
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| model = Unknown <!-- Model -->
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| category = Equipment <!-- Main category. Please leave alone to keep item in this category -->
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| subcat = defunct<!-- Sub-category if one exists. Please check main listing to see other categories contained within the main one -->
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| status = Good working order<!-- Set to one of; Good working order, Faulty, Out of order, Under construction, Out of consumables, Scrapped, or Unknown -->
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| consumables = Unknown <!-- Any items used up in normal operation, such as; ink, paper, saw-blades, cutting disks, oil, etc.. -->
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| accessories = Unknown <!-- Any items associated with the equipment but not consumable, such as; drill bits, safety gloves, goggles, etc.. -->
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| reqtraining = Yes<!-- Is training required to use this equipment? Yes or no. -->
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| trainlink = Unknown <!-- If training is required, provide a link to training signup or contact page. Otherwise leave blank. -->
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| acnode = No<!-- Is the equipment ACnode locked? -->
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| owner = LHS <!-- Provide a link to owners members page if other than LHS -->
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| origin = Unknown <!-- If via pledge, please link to the completed pledge page on the wiki -->
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| location = AWOL<!-- Floor, room/zone and location within that area -->
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| maintainers = <!-- NO LINKS PLEASE; it currently breaks the template. If someone is nominated as managing the upkeep of this item, please list them here. -->
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| template_ver = 1.1 <!-- Please do not change. Used for tracking out-of-date templates -->
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}}
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Thanks to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fbe774ea49798978/c5418479279d125a?lnk=gst&q=kiln#c5418479279d125a efforts] of various members, we have a kiln!
 
Thanks to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fbe774ea49798978/c5418479279d125a?lnk=gst&q=kiln#c5418479279d125a efforts] of various members, we have a kiln!
  
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==Status==
 
==Status==
  
Not to be touched or used until asbestos status has been determined. Jonty is checking this out.
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The kiln has been used several times now. The door is a bit broken, it will still insulate enough to get hot, but it is hard to open and close. I attempted to cement it back together with fire cement, but the bricks really need to be taken off and replaced with new ones. Getting them off seems difficult! - Luke
  
Update: Not sure if Jonty has given his ok or not. At any rate, the kiln has been used several times now. The door is a bit broken, it will still insulate enough to get hot, but it is hard to open and close. I attempted to cement it back together with fire cement, but the bricks really need to be taken off and replaced with new ones. Getting them off seems difficult! - Luke
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==Instructions==
  
==Instructions==
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Plug it in, jam a stick in the back to hold the valve open, put stuff inside.
  
 
==Log==
 
==Log==
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The kiln is working, though the thermostat is not calibrated, so when
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you're using it, you may need to set the temperature yourself.
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From Abby:
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:New PID controller has been installed in the kiln - the control switches cleaned back to their original steampunky brass, metal panel repsrayed by sol and purple stars stencilled by Jasper! Oh, and thanks Phil Ceph for the 13amp wire :)
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:The new controller is quite cute, simply press up and down to select temperature in degrees C. A max temperature has also been programmed in so noobs dont set the kiln to the temperature of the core of the sun and walk away (gonna be pricey on the electrics!)
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:We're still calibrating it - the probe is comes with is supposedly a max 800c affair, but I aspire to melt silver, so we've not fire cemented it in place yet. Also, temperature sensing may be incorrect. I was seeing glowing red walls and reading a temperature of 367. Hmm.
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:So we're still calibrating it. I've left the PID manual on top of the kiln. You can play with it and try to verify if our temperature setup is correct, but please dont change passwords or muck with PID settings without checking. There exist cute little kiln calibrating cones which melt at specific temperatures, so we may use these to get an accurate lock.
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[[Category:Tools for use on metal]]

Latest revision as of 12:07, 21 January 2019

Kiln
Kiln.jpg
Model Unknown
Sub-category defunct
Status Good working order
Last updated 21 January 2019 12:07:14
Consumables Unknown
Accessories Unknown
Training requirement Yes
Training link Unknown
ACnode No
Owner LHS
Origin Unknown
Location AWOL

Thanks to efforts of various members, we have a kiln!

Make

It is apparently a Gallenkamp Muffle Furnace exact type: unknown.

Please be careful hacking this as there may be asbestos inside of it. The asbestos should be internal (i.e. only a risk if you open up the back etc) but please be careful and wear a mask (asbestos safe) until confirmed one way or another.

Status

The kiln has been used several times now. The door is a bit broken, it will still insulate enough to get hot, but it is hard to open and close. I attempted to cement it back together with fire cement, but the bricks really need to be taken off and replaced with new ones. Getting them off seems difficult! - Luke

Instructions

Plug it in, jam a stick in the back to hold the valve open, put stuff inside.

Log

The kiln is working, though the thermostat is not calibrated, so when you're using it, you may need to set the temperature yourself.

From Abby:

New PID controller has been installed in the kiln - the control switches cleaned back to their original steampunky brass, metal panel repsrayed by sol and purple stars stencilled by Jasper! Oh, and thanks Phil Ceph for the 13amp wire :)
The new controller is quite cute, simply press up and down to select temperature in degrees C. A max temperature has also been programmed in so noobs dont set the kiln to the temperature of the core of the sun and walk away (gonna be pricey on the electrics!)
We're still calibrating it - the probe is comes with is supposedly a max 800c affair, but I aspire to melt silver, so we've not fire cemented it in place yet. Also, temperature sensing may be incorrect. I was seeing glowing red walls and reading a temperature of 367. Hmm.
So we're still calibrating it. I've left the PID manual on top of the kiln. You can play with it and try to verify if our temperature setup is correct, but please dont change passwords or muck with PID settings without checking. There exist cute little kiln calibrating cones which melt at specific temperatures, so we may use these to get an accurate lock.