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    Default Kiln help

    I recently inherited a small "vintage" cress kiln. My mother was a China painter but I don't recall her ever using this kiln.

    I thought I could maybe use it to heat up my ingot molds and melt my silver (currently I melt in a crucible and heat the mold with my torch but never seem to get the mold warm enough).

    My problem is I have NO idea how to use the kiln and cannot locate a manual online. Does anyone have any experience with this type kiln or a resource I could check into for more information? I am attaching some quick photos I took of the info plate and dial. It is a front opening I would call tabletop kiln "Cress C100E"

    Thank you for any direction you may send me!

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    For a manual, I think I'd be asking the manufacturer - http://www.cressmfg.com/contact.html

    As for use... Check it's electrically safe, put it somewhere safe to run and switch it on. No idea what the temperature range is (11A@115VAC is going to be a bit lacklustre), but that dial is likely to control little more than a bimetallic strip, so it isn't going to have the most accurate temperature control. I'd measure the top end temperature with a suitable thermocouple, personally.

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    As Petersaid check the temperature, if it was for china painted in may well not reach the required temperature to melt Silver

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    You will see that it is not suitable for UK mains voltage. If you have not seen it used, make sure there is a suitable adapter, or it will burn out.
    Once you have checked the electrical safety and established the maximum temperature, which it will reach in 15-20 minutes, there is not much you will learn from a manual. A basic kiln is a basic kiln.

    As it has exposed elements, there is a shock hazard if they are accidentally touched with metal.

    When using a kiln, you are advised to wear protective gloves and #3green glasses for eye protection. Dennis
    Last edited by Dennis; 02-05-2018 at 08:58 AM.

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    @Dennis, you are right to say that about the voltage, but since the OP included 'miami' in their username I figured they were in the USA.

    However if you are in the UK the 'adapter' you need is called a step down transformer. You need to make sure you have one that is of suitable power rating which in this case is a minimum of 1.3kW.

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    Ah yes, didn't even consider Miami was outside the M25. Dennis.

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    Actually I am in the US but not Florida...Miami, Oklahoma which is small and unknown...ha. Thank you for your responses. I will try directly contacting Cress although thier website does not give me much hope.
    If I can figure out how to safely operate the kiln I may even try some enameling. Best to you all! Thanks again!

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