HARD CERAMIC ELEMENT HOLDERS

Ceramic Element Holders result in a clean kiln interior:

The inside of an e23T-3 L&L Easy-Fire Kiln.

A clean interior of an L&L Kiln

Hard Ceramic Holders Protect Firebrick

  • Replacing elements does not damage the brick
  • No metal pins are needed to hold elements into broken grooves
  • So easy to do - you can change elements WITHOUT unstacking the kiln
  • Elements don't sag or fall out of broken grooves
  • Element Holders are hard - they resist breakage when loading
  • Customers often say their L&L kilns look new after 30 years of hard use!

 

 

 

 

L&L Element Holder shown in the brick

The smooth Hard Surface of the Holder allows elements to expand and contract

  • Ceramic element holders have a smooth, hard surface which allows the elements to expand and contract freely
  • No loose brick particles will fall in the kiln and ruin ware
  • Your elements will last longer because elements do not get easily snagged, bunched up, and burned-out
  • It is harder for glaze, clay particles, and firebrick to touch and damage elements

 

 

An L&L Kiln interior from 1968

Dense Ceramic Transmits Heat Better

  • The thin, dense wall of the holders reflects the infrared heat into the kiln
  • Elements operate at a lower temperature relative to the internal kiln temperature
  • L&L kilns require less firebrick insulation to be cut out which increases the insulating ability, energy efficiency, and strength of the kiln

 

 

 

    Ceramic Holders Fix the Problem of Electric Kilns

    • After one or two element changes, without ceramic holders, the fragile firebrick starts to fall apart and pins become the primary element support.
    • It only takes one accidental bump with a kiln shelf to permanently damage a kiln around the element groove.

      If this looks familiar - it might be time to change to an L&L

      A typical non-L&L kiln without hard ceramic element holders shows how the brick breaks and elements sag from constant loading and wear.

      Images of broken kiln brick

      What is Wrong with Using Metal Pins to Hold in the Elements?

      • Pins can actually make the problem worse because as they expand and contract (at a different rate than the brick) the pins fracture the firebrick more.
      • How do you know before you start how many you are going to need?
      • It is very difficult to find places to put the pins, as the firebrick is so deteriorated and crumbling.
      • Crimped terminals are a pain to install and, as the wires have to keep getting cut back, the wires get too short.

      Save Money on Maintenance

      • You could save $300 the first time you have to change your elements because, on an L&L kiln, you can do it yourself instead of paying an expert - it's easy!
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      Ceramic Holders Resist Breaking

      Easy to change Elements