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Cord and Plug Safety for Electric Kilns


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Replace an Electric Kiln Cord: We replaced the 2-prong twisted cloth cord on our old kiln with a new 3-prong plug and 20amp rubber electric cord, but we were told later that we should have used a twisted 20amp cloth cord.

Installing a New Cord on an Electric Kiln


Electrical Question: We replaced the 2-prong twisted cloth cord on our old kiln with a new 3-prong plug and 20amp rubber electric cord, but we were told later that we should have used a twisted 20-amp cloth cord.

This electrical question came from: Isabel, a Homeowner from Sun City West, Arizona.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Isabel.

How to Replace an Electric Kiln Cord

240 volt kiln outlets

Application: Wiring a Kiln Cord.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the kiln circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Important: Burnt or damaged wiring and circuit components of the kiln should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Rewiring or Repairing an electric kiln should be done according to  all applicable electrical codes. Installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment for an electric kiln should be approved by the original equipment manufacturer of the kiln.

Upgrading an Electric Kiln with a New Cord and Plug

Yes Isabel, I agree with your neighbor the contractor because rubber insulation does not have the same temperature rating as high temperature cloth wire.

Example of the Electrical Wiring for a Kiln

Other Considerations when Connecting an Electric Kiln to an Electrical Circuit

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One Response to “Cord and Plug Safety for Electric Kilns”
  1. sid says:

    I bought a used kiln and the plug for it is melted pretty bad, Is the kiln damaged? or do i just have to order a new cord? Thank you.