Kiln In the Name Of
August 16, 2013 1:55 PM Subscribe
Thinking of getting a kiln. Can my house's wiring handle it? (UK)
posted by popcassady to home & garden (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm considering getting a kiln but only if it won't involve too much work to install. I rent my home and don't want to spend a fortune having the wiring redone. (Which I wouldn't be able to afford anyway.)
I haven't decided on an exact model, but the typical kiln I'm looking at runs at these specs: 6KW, single phase, 230V. I believe these usually require a 30 amp supply. (A hobby kiln would be too small for the work I want to do.) The kiln would be installed in the workshop, outside of the house.
Looking at the house fuse box, I see that there is a separate breaker for the workshop. This fuse is chunkier than the others and is marked VB32, B32, Volex. A thick cable (I can make out the text, 100V on it) runs out through the exterior wall where it runs underground and emerges at the outside wall of the workshop.
In the workshop, there is another fusebox -- it's called the 'Volex Protector!'. There is a breaker for the lights, the sockets (about half a dozen of these) and there is also an RCD marked VB40, 40A, 36mA.
Given that information is it possible to tell how much work would be needed to wire in a kiln? Does it sound like an easy job? (How about a 45 amp connection? 60 amp?)