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#1 posted 11-16-2015 08:13 PM

I resemble this guy!

My wife does fused glass and I have a current monitor installed on her kiln. A kiln regulates temperature by switching on-off every few seconds so just measuring current draw won t work.
My system is rather sophisticated. using a computer to log power usage of various systems, but you can get the equivalent of the “Kill-A-Watt” that works for 240V (Not cheap though)

I have lots of data from my wife s kilns. The smaller kiln (Paragon-7, 120V) will use about 1700 watts of power when heating. A “normal” fusing cycle with all the stages will typically range from $0.70 to $1.00 (based on $0.15/Watt-hour).

Her bigger kiln burns 8000 Watts (240V). Costs more to run but has far greater capacity.

A typical run costs about $2.50 to $3.50

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U da MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got my wife the paragon 7, but mines 240v. I can us your numbers thanks. What is her bigger kiln? We are finding the one bottle at a time not very optimal. Where we will be retiring to, there are lots of winery’s so we expect the volume to pick up.

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