Before you receive your kiln shipment, make sure you are aware of the special delivery and set-up requirements.
When the truck arrives unless lift gate service was requested, it will be your responsibility to offload the kiln from the truck. We offer lift gate service at no extra cost to you, so please let us know when purchasing the kiln if you require it. While most drivers will offer to help you may need to lift the package out of the truck yourself, in which case having a few friends may help.
Your Evenheat Kiln has been securely packed to survive the rigors of shipment. The packing materials consist largely of paper and wood products which are readily recyclable. Remove all cardboard, wooden pallets and other protective packing and dispose of properly. Do not store these packing materials near the kiln.
Before the truck leaves make sure to unbox and inspect your kiln for any damage that may have occurred during shipment. While it is rare for this to happen, it is still important to note anything while the driver is still there. Do not refuse delivery unless there is serious damage to your product. If there is any damage, no matter how small, write "subject to further inspection" on the bill of lading and contact us so we can help you through the process of making a claim.
It is recommended that a voltage check be performed before placing the kiln into service, ideally before actual purchase. Operating voltage varies, with common operating voltages being 208V and 240V. The kilns operating voltage must match the applied voltage (actual electrical service voltage). If it does not, do not install or operate the kiln as potential electrical and fire hazards exist. The electrical service for the kiln (receptacle or hardwired disconnect) should be positioned in such a way as to offer a strain-free connection. The kiln should be positioned in such a way that the electrical service connection is located on the same side as the kilns power cable or conduit. The kilns power cable or conduit should easily reach the connection without making contact with the kiln. The plug/receptacle or disconnect (in the case of hardwired kilns) serves as the emergency power disconnect. These devises should be positioned in such a way as to allow unobstructed and easy access to these devises.
Operating personnel should have adequate space around the kiln for loading, unloading, operational and emergency shutoff procedures.
The floor beneath the kiln shall be constructed of a non-combustible, fireproof material. Concrete is best. If concrete is unavailable then the kiln shall be placed on a minimum of 2” of masonry extending at least 12” beyond the outside perimeter of the kiln. The floor beneath the kiln shall be constructed in such a way as to safely support the full weight of the kiln, expected load and operating personnel.
The location area shall consist of walls and ceiling(s). Do not install the kiln in a location that is outside or in a location that is subject to the effects of the outside environment. The walls and ceilings surrounding the kiln shall be constructed of a non-combustible, fireproof material. A minimum of 12” (31cm) shall be allowed between all surfaces of the kiln and the surrounding walls and ceilings. This minimum shall be maintained with all movable features of the kiln (lids, doors, etc.) in both the fully opened and fully closed positions as well as during their travel paths.
The room in which the kiln is located shall be kept free of all flammable and combustible materials. This includes, but is not limited to, paper, solvents, shelving, boxes, curtains, fuels, etc. Storage of these materials shall not be located in the room in which the kiln is located. The room in which the kiln is located shall be well ventilated to prevent the build-up of heat and to provide for a means of removing any gases or solids released during the firing process. Materials used in the firing process (clays, glazes, frits, etc.) may release gases and solids during the process, some of which may be harmful or toxic. Consult with the manufacturers of these products for detailed information regarding proper and legal ventilation and handling techniques of these products. The room in which the kiln is located shall be of adequate size for the purposes of ventilation, spacing, servicing and loading operations. Do not locate the kiln in a small enclosed area or closet. Because the surfaces of the kiln will get hot, avoid placing the kiln in a high traffic or work area. Also avoid areas that are accessible to children.
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