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  • Disaster!!!

    My kiln has stopped working. What an inconvenient time too, as I have lots of Loch Ness Film Festival mugs to finish this week!

    I'm just waiting until 9am before I start phoning round kiln repair guys.

    Maybe I should buy a replacement kiln as well so that I always have a spare...
    Daesul

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  • #2
    Oh no, what a nightmare!! Hopefully it will be a simple thing to put right and not cost too much (don't know anything about kilns except that they get hot so that may be a silly comment!!) Why is it that it is always when we need things the most that they decide to pack up on us!

    I have pulled a muscle/trapped a nerve in my shoulder so painting is really uncomfortable at the moment - right at the time when I need to get a ton of stuff done for my fair this weekend!

    Hope you get it sorted soon - a spare kiln may be a good idea if you can afford it and would perhaps mean you could double up production at your busiest times...
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    • #3
      Oh No! sold mine last year on ebay a Hobbytech 40, hardly used, check out ebay just in case as with volume may be worth having another even if a small one.

      Have you a local pottery your could ask to fire, I know our local one does this for potters. I know would cost more than your own but if it got desperate. Good Luck

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      • #4
        How awful. You get so used to and comfortable with your own kiln don't you. They are such an expensive item to replace too. Good luck with the repairs.
        Carol
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        • #5
          Oh no! I don't know anything about kilns either but I hope it's not too expensive to repair/replace After the way our dinner turned out last night I could probably offer my oven to you - I think it may have a Concorde engine attached to it!!!

          Hope you get things sorted soon!

          Roz x

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          • #6
            Sorry to hear of your kiln,Daesul! Hope you will get help soon. Your potterypieces are so gorgeous!
            How much does a new kiln cost, anyway? Must be quite pricy...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daesul View Post

              I'm just waiting until 9am before I start phoning round kiln repair guys.
              If there is a local kiln repairer fine but if not a good electrician is probably all you need to sort this thing out . That would save you paying traveling costs for a kiln repairer.

              Best of luck
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              • #8
                oooh noooo....hope you can get it fixed asap! I know I would be lost without my table top oven I have and hubby always tells me to buy a spare one just in case...maybe I should listen to him.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Caroleecrafts View Post
                  Oh No! sold mine last year on ebay a Hobbytech 40, hardly used, check out ebay just in case.

                  Have you a local pottery your could ask to fire, I know our local one does this for potters. I know would cost more than your own but if it got desperate. Good Luck
                  Oh no, that's what I have, a Hobbytech 40, so another one the same would be perfect! Shame yours is already gone. I have found one on eBay but the seller doesn't know if it works, so I'm reluctant to take a chance and buy it. I have found a reconditioned one from a proper supplier and have phoned them - the man is away today and the secretary needs to check with him that they still have it before she sells it to me - she's calling me back tomorrow.

                  Repairers are hard to find, the closest one to me is in London, 120 miles away. As it would be so expensive for him to come here, I'll probably drive the kiln to him. He's going to let me know when he can fit me in.

                  So, hopefully I won't be out of action for too long.

                  I'm pragmatic - if I can only take 4 mugs (that's all that's ready so far) to the festival, I'll use them as displays and take orders! so it's not the end of the world.

                  Luckily I'm in an extraordinarily good mood today that even this catastrophe cannot dent!
                  Daesul

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Craftprincess View Post
                    Sorry to hear of your kiln,Daesul! Hope you will get help soon. Your potterypieces are so gorgeous!
                    How much does a new kiln cost, anyway? Must be quite pricy...
                    Thank you!

                    A new kiln similar to mine would be in the region of £1200 + VAT and carriage. So not cheap.
                    Daesul

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by potpartner View Post
                      If there is a local kiln repairer fine but if not a good electrician is probably all you need to sort this thing out . That would save you paying traveling costs for a kiln repairer.

                      Best of luck
                      Hmm, good idea - I'll get out the Yellow Pages!
                      Daesul

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                      • #12
                        An update - things are looking a bit better.

                        I found a local electrician who's willing to look at the kiln. No callout charge if he can't fix it, so it's worth a shot.

                        I then decided to look for a reconditioned kiln as it won't hurt to have a backup, and found one the same model as mine in Essex, only a couple of hours away from me. So I phoned up and reserved it, they are contacting me tomorrow to organise payment. If the delivery fee is too high, it's not too far for me to drive and collect.

                        Plus, when I mentioned my current kiln isn't working, they said they also repair kilns! So if the sparky tomorrow can't do it, I'll take it to them!

                        OK, so it's going to cost me but these things happen, and as long as I can get back to normal I can live with it!
                        Daesul

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                        • #13
                          What an awful thing to happen. I'm amazed that you have stayed so positive. I'm sure you will get it sorted soon as someone with a positive mental attitude usually finds solutions much quicker than a negative one.
                          Good on you.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mia Craftyfox View Post
                            I'm amazed that you have stayed so positive.
                            Thank you.

                            The thing is, over the years I've learned that moping about and moaning doesn't actually solve any problems. Things sometimes happen that you can't avoid, so it's best to ride the storm and just make the best of things. If you're negative, you only make yourself feel miserable into the bargain. There's very little that doesn't get resolved in time.

                            I've been told I'm so laid back I'm almost horizontal, but I wasn't always this way - with age comes patience, if you're wise - and old like me!
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                            • #15
                              Wow, fingers crossed for you getting it done!! What a great attitude.

                              I lost my tray of sewing machine feet last night and lost two hours if sewing time in the evening. I was in full melt down mode!! Now I have to try make up for the lost time today with the kiddlers about!! Arggg
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