Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Solid State Relays – Why they are the best choice for your kiln!

Relays are switches that turn the heating elements on and off in your kiln. Solid state relays deliver precision power control and output thereby extending the life of your kilns heating elements. They do this by only allowing the heating elements to switch on and off when the AC voltage is at 0V. Because they contain no moving parts solid state relays can turn the heating elements on and off up to 60 times per second, much faster than mechanical relays, and with no moving parts there is nothing to wear out and replace. This results in longer element life and enhanced performance through reliable and precise temperature control. They are also completely silent, no annoying clicking noise constantly going off when you are teaching or working in your studio!

If you live in a hot climate or are working in an non-air conditioned area such as a garage or outside you will need a heat sink to keep it cool, a heat sink is device for absorbing or dissipating excess heat; for example a small desk fan blowing into the relay box. These tiny 4-inch desk fans work great for keeping relays cool while still allowing your kiln to reach proper temperature! If you fire often, then solid state relays really are the best choice for you and by maintaining the proper environmental conditions they can last the lifetime of your kiln!

Solid State Relays are available on most of the larger kilns. Contact us today to see if we can add one to your kiln order!

Join me next time when I discuss our new line kilns for heat-treating knives!

Happy Firing, 
Cricket Chirps

Tuesday, August 11, 2015



It's that time of year again, it's storm season in various parts of the country. 

During this time, we start getting "those" calls...... 
"My kiln was fine and now it wont come on!""I was firing, and all of the sudden I smelled something electrical burning!" "My display just flickers and beeps!" These are just a few of the typical issues. Over the years, we've seen the pattern and we've found the one common thread.  It's storm season. We take so many calls like this a year, and every time we trace the symptoms back to one thing: LIGHTNING!  When lightning strikes nearby, it sends a very HIGH VOLTAGE SURGE throughout the entire electrical system in your house. Unfortunately, you just can't plug your kiln into a surge protector to prevent the surge from zapping your kiln. The circuit board is the most expensive part on your entire kiln, and a good power surge will knock it out faster than anything else!  It can also cause other problems, like burning out relays, and damaging your transformer.


We know you love your kiln, and we want you to protect your baby!  

So.....If you have a digital kiln, 
  • PLEASE UNPLUG IT when it's not in use.  Just like your computer or other expensive electronics, your kiln needs protection especially during storm season.  
  • Never fire a kiln when lightning is nearby.  
  • If your kiln is firing and a storm comes up, end your program as soon as you can and unplug the kiln. Don't just hope for the best!
Don't let your kiln be the victim of mother nature!  If need us, as always we're here to help.  

All the Best and Happy Firing,
The Jen-Ken Tech Girl

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fine Arts Wheel Throwing Class at Jen Ken

    We are very excited about the upcoming pottery classes beginning Tuesday, September 24th, and continuing for four weeks, every Tuesday night from 6pm-9pm.   The class will be a basic introduction to Fine Arts Wheel Throwing, and is perfect for those who have never tried their hand at it or have simply been away from it for years and want to get their hands back in the mud.  Our class is unique in that we keep our class size small, so that each student can get the attention they need and use of their own wheel for the duration of the class.  No waiting your turn to put your hands on the clay! By the end of the class, each student will have successfully completed around 12 projects, which will be bisque fired and ready to pick up a few days after the class is over.  We will be offering surface decoration classes in 2014, and are working on a partnership with our neighboring pottery painting studio where students may purchase an optional voucher to decorate their pieces with them.  Pre-register today to reserve your space!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fun at Jen-Ken

Come Join The Fun!

We had a blast at the first glass class of 2013! 
We've still got two beginner classes left this Summer, and some very exciting classes with Gail Stouffer (http://gailstouffer.com/home.html) on Enameling and Image Transfer.  

There are more classes in the works for the Fall. You can look forward to Pottery, 1st and 2nd Level Fused Glass,  Kiln Classes, and many more fun smaller workshops.  

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Jen Ken Kilns

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Classes 2013!

   We are very excited to announce new classes starting this summer!  This will be the beginning of more great things to come. Our large, beautiful classroom is finished, and we are committed to being a resource center accessible to hobbyists, artists, and aspiring artists.

   There are three one day beginning glass fusing classes.  In these classes, we will cover glass cutting, glass compatibility, firing schedules, cold working glass, and programming kilns.  We are also offering kiln education workshops, and soon we will be bringing in national instructors for intermediate and advanced students.   We are really looking forward to seeing lots of excited faces!

   Jen-Ken kilns is located in Lakeland, Fl, convenient to the Tampa and Orlando airports.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Kiln! A New Technology Breakthrough!

We are proud and excited to announce another innovation from Jen-Ken Kilns!

We asked our customers to share the things they love about the kilns in the ProFusion Series ALL FIBER line; including the 15" "Bonnie Glo", the 11" Fiber Fuser, and the 36" ProFusion Platinum model. After a year of raves about SUPER FAST HEATING AND COOLING TIMES, RELIABILITY, PORTABILITY, EASE OF USE, AND LOWER ENERGY COSTS, we decided it was time to add a new mid-range size to the line!

This all new fiber kiln has been in extensive testing for the last 3 months and does some pretty miraculous stuff. We know you're going to love it!

The design is totally innovative!

  • Wow, it's big! 16" x 16" x 5" deep! This is the largest firing area for its size and weight in the industry! You don't need to clear a large area in you studio/home to fire this kiln. It reaches fusing temps in less than 90 minutes! 
  • All new clamshell design. There has never been an all fiber kiln this size with a design like this! This clam shell design allows users to load right on the raised firing surface, enabling easier damming of glass projects, easy access for roll-ups, combing, high-fires, great set ups for metal clays, glass painting, and more. 
  • Another unique design element is the introduction of the table side controller. The removal of the controller box from the firing lid means longer life for the electronics, as they are removed from the heated area. The weight of the box is eliminated from the lid allowing for easier operation, and easier programming.
  • In addition, we added quartz encased elements that produce even, direct heating using infra-red technology. This design bonus delivers the added benefits of longer element life and unparalleled heat penetration through the glass and speed, giving you more heat for less money.
  • The all-in-one stand with adjustable leveling feet built into this all fiber design makes this kiln really light and portable. At only 45 pounds, you can take this kiln anywhere. Plus, since it's so lightweight this kiln ships UPS right to your door, keeping your shipping costs low.
Best of all, this model was developed to run on just 120 volts, and draws just 15 amps. This major benefit delivers a spectacular advantage...

  • Professionals and hobbyists alike can plug this into a regular studio/household 20 amp plug without needing to have an electrician rewire anything. So professional artists can add this to their studios without any major adjustments, and hobbyists can move this to any room in their house; set up, work, fire, and then store it away.
OK, so we're enthusiastic! 

This kiln includes our most reliable AutoFire 3 Button Digital Controller that comes preprogrammed with 40+ firing schedules and the additional back-up safety relay. You'll be able to get started even faster than before!

There are even additional options you can order. 
  • An upgrade to 17 amps will super charge the speed and get you to fusing temps in under 60 minutes...zoom!
  • Bump up to a 12 Button AutoFire Digital Controller for faster, professional level programming.
  • Like a ceramic shelf experience? Add one with some matching posts!
  • Want fiber shelves? We can do that too!
As always, all Profusion Series kilns come with our 1 year limited warranty

Here's the bottom line! $1300 plus UPS shipping, which we anticipate to come in between $65 - $90 depending on where you live. Contact your Jen-Ken Kilns retailer or online dealer to get one NOW! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Getting Ready for 2012!

New and exciting things are coming in 2012! We've been doing a lot of engineering in November and December. We can't wait to show everyone what we've developed.  We hope you all received what you wanted for the holiday season!  Stay tuned for new announcements in the next few weeks!
Our AFG JK2 11"  Deep - Fits a 24" square shelf!