Ventilation is Essential

  1. Kilns generate harmful fumes when firing ceramics.
  2. Fumes include carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, hydrogen fluoride and metal vapors (all of which can be very toxic).
  3. Install kiln in well-ventilated area.
  4. Never operate in an enclosed space such as a closet unless you have good ventilation.
  5. Aside from issues of ventilating the fumes from the firing, the heat build up in an enclosed room could present a significant fire hazard. See the INSTALLATION cautions.
  6. Severe corrosion can be caused by kiln fumes, salt air or other environmental conditions.
  7. Good venting can minimize these problems.
  8. Ventilation must be to the outside.
  9. Be careful not to locate the outlet of the vent near an open window (so that it could get sucked back into the building).

Helpful Tips

  1. What should I do to ventilate my kiln?
  2. See this for helpful tips on how to ventilate.
  3. See this for how to calculate ventilation requirements.
  4. Where should I put my kiln?
  5. Corrosion and ventilation
  6. If you are using a hood type vent (like the Vent-a-Kiln) do you need a kiln vent (like the Vent-Sure) also?