- July 11, 2012 at 3:17 am #9818JHible18Participant
As usual, I will throw out the newbie alert. Thank you for being so patient with me and all of my questions! You guys are the best.
Well, I did it. I ordered a glass kiln. Ha, now I just feel overwhelmed and nervous. I thought I would be excited? Oh well, no turning back now. Anyway, my question is about venting. It will be in the basement of our house and I am concerned about the fumes. From what I have read, most people believe that an actual venting kit is not necessary for glass (like it is ceramic). I am very concerned about firing (especially recycled glass) and not having any nasty fumes.
Opinions please? Thanks again!July 15, 2012 at 11:23 am #12588MoraiffeParticipant
I felt the same confusion with my first kiln and ended up venting. I hardly ever turn it on unless I am either using fiberboard or rigidizing fiberboard. There are really no noticeable fumes when you are just fusing and slumping.
Custom Glass DesignsJuly 16, 2012 at 4:11 am #12589AnonymousInactive
Most of the things that burn off in the kiln – most glues, shelf paper, fiber board/paper binder, etc. – produce only nuisance (i.e. non-toxic) fumes. Some people are more sensitive to them than others. When in doubt, request a MSDS (manufacturer’s safety data sheet) from the manufacturer. That will tell you if you need to be concerned.
As for the glass, that should not be a worry. Even lead crystal can be melted in a kiln without much concern (http://www.gafferglass.co.uk/technical/casting_main.htm).
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