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Do brown outs affect kiln?

Postby yeruchem » Thu May 03, 2018 6:19 pm

I am new to glass fusion and recently acquired a kiln. Now that we are moving into summer, I had a thought I would like to put out there: I live in an area where, during the summer, the utility company sometimes cuts back on the electricity when it gets very hot and electric usage is at a high (this is called a brown-out and usually occurs during the day). Having recently set up a kiln, I am wondering: will such cuts affect the performance of the kiln?
Thanks for any thoughts you can share with me on this,
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Re: Do brown outs affect kiln?

Postby edwardcantarella » Sun May 13, 2018 11:57 am

The brown-outs won't harm your kiln. If the voltage is too low, most of the 3 button controllers (made by Orton in most cases) will indicate voltage is low and won't start. Not sure if they stop. If the voltage is just a little low it will just take a little longer to heat up if in a full speed ramp. It won't effect the controller logic or how the thermocouple senses or anything like that. Probably no difference in time if on a slower ramp, since it is cycling on/off anyway.
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Re: Do brown outs affect kiln?

Postby yeruchem » Sun May 13, 2018 2:58 pm

Thanks.
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