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Viewing windows in kilns

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Viewing windows in kilns

Postby HEIDI in Wa. state » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:21 pm

I was wondering, are the viewing windows worth the extra money you pay for them? Anyone out there have one-feedback would be appreciated.

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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby StaceyG » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:37 pm

I just purchased a new kiln and asked the shop owner the same thing. He said no. Why do you need one? You can just open the kiln to check on glass. he also said they can let air escape, even if ever so slightly.

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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby Brad Walker » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:57 pm

I don't think they're worth it. They tend not to be placed where you can really use them and they also tend to fog up over time. Besides, as Stacey mentions, you can just open the kiln lid if you need to steal a peek.

(If they're properly installed they don't let air out; in fact,the space between the lid and the body of the kiln lets out far more.)

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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby Valerie Adams » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:21 pm

I like mine (in my Skutt) but it was already installed so I don't know what it added to cost. It's my largest kiln so I like having the window option.
On my smaller kilns, I just open the lids.

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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby bob proulx » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:41 pm

I look through mine all the time. Today I was trying to tack fuse some pieces that I needed to keep theire shape, after reaching the target temp I kept an eye on things and skipped the rest of the segment when I was satisfied. Brad is correct the area viewed in the kiln is not that great but if I can keep an eye on what is going on in the center of the kiln I can judge what my results will be.

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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby Morganica » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:19 pm

When I use mine I get a lovely view of the centermost kilnbrick in the back and not much else, so it's pretty much useless.
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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby JestersBaubles » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:01 pm

All three of my kilns have view windows. Personally, I would not want a kiln without one. I like being able to peek in without opening the kiln.

While you can't see every inch of the kiln, all of my windows are placed so I have a pretty good idea of what's going on inside.

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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby vblue » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:54 am

I love the viewing window of my Evenheat kiln. I have kiln posts under the shelf so that it raised enough that I can see the pieces firing. Saves losing heat by raising the lid.


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Re: Viewing windows in kilns

Postby Lynn Perry » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:25 am

All of my kilns have windows except for the 6" fiber one. One kiln also has a bead door, too. I don't have any problems with air leakage or poor heating. The windows are great provided I place work where I can see it. I don't like opening a 1400 degree kiln and breathing whatever is venting plus disturbing the heat distribution when I can just peek through the window instead. The windows aren't perfect, but they are fairly cheap compared to the cost of the kiln and the loss of a firing due to peeking too long with the lid open.
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