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Oval Designed Electric Kilns
The Incredible, Affordable Oval ... Often Imitated, but Never Duplicated!
The Olympic Oval requires little more space than the cylindrical kiln yet it provides space for large ceramic pieces and big production loads. The Olympic ovals are extremely energy efficient kiln for larger loads and ceramic production.
Back in the ‘70s, Olympic had a customer interested in a 23” wide kiln but needed it “stretched” for some of the items he was firing. Olympic took the stretched idea and created the first 25” oval. What had been a 10-sided kiln, 23 3/8” wide, became an oval 14-sided kiln with an interior width of 25” front-to-back and 37” long. The popularity of the oval shaped kiln would later emerge into two other sizes by stretching the 18” wide 8-sided kiln to a 30” wide by 20” front-to-back oval and stretching the 28” wide, 12-sided model to 42” wide by 30” front-to- back. Initially used primarily in pottery kilns, Olympic met the demand of glass kiln customers who needed the oval shape. Dual Media models (high firing ceramic kilns with a lid element for glass fusing) and Glass Fusing ovals are available. The widths and lengths are identical to the ceramic models with shorter depths 9” and 13.5” for glass fusing models.
Olympic Oval kilns are constructed of three-inch brick for added insulation and strength. The top section has an additional 2 inch blank row of bricks to protect the first row of elements. The top and bottom sections are connected to the center section by an interconnecting plug, allowing the sections to be easily separated and reducing the amperage carried by the interconnecting plug. Balanced heating elements insure even distribution of heat within the kiln regardless of the load being fired. The lid of the ovals has a lid lift assist for easy opening and closing of the kiln lid and a vent hole is located in the center of the lid. The lid vent-hole substitutes for a lid wedge which is used with smaller kilns for venting.
Each section or ring of the Oval has handles for easy lifting and Olympic’s unique ring locks prevent shifting of the kiln rings when in use. Olympic Ovals come in three exciting widths – the 20 Oval is 20 inches deep, front-to back by 30 inches long; the 25 Oval is 25 inches deep, front-to-back by 37 inches long; and the 30 Oval is 30 inches wide, front-to-back by 42 inches long – with numerous depths ranging from 20 to 32 1/2 inches. Olympic Ovals can be built to fire to cone 8 or cone 10 on 208, 240 or 480 volts and are equipped with an electronic controller. Additional options are mercury relays, solid electrical box, and three-zone control for sensing and maintaining temperature at three levels within the kiln.
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