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Vacuuming the Kiln

Get an inexpensive shop vac and use it to frequently vacuum (or hoover) out your kiln.   Do this at least once every few weeks, and even every firing if your work involves a lot of loose frit and powder.  

Not only will the vacuum remove loose glass particles from the kiln floor, it can also be used to remove stray pieces of kiln furniture and refractory materials.  Use it carefully around the lid of the kiln and it will help eliminate dust brick particles falling on your pieces during the firing.  (Just be careful not to accidentally bump or suck up part of the element with the vacuum cleaner; you can break the element.) 

The best kind of vacuum is one with a HEPA filter.

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