The vent system exhausts kiln fumes separately from the top, middle
and bottom of the kiln to stop cross contamination of colors, so they
look their best. It also keeps fumes out of your kiln room by
venting them outside.
For 'vent-ready' Cress Kilns...
If you have an E series Cress kiln, or a FX series kiln with "-FAN" at the
end of the model number (stamped on the manufacturing plate), your kiln
is vent ready. Installation is easy; the manifold is already
installed in the control box. You just have to attach the vent box
to the bottom of the control box.
On Cress E model kilns the vent automatically waits until the kiln turns on (when using delay start)
and goes off when the firing is complete. When cooling, the vent turns
back on at 1000F automatically and off at 140F for safe cooling to
protect your pieces. This gives you the strongest properly
annealed ware in the fastest time. It is an easy way to allow your
kiln to cool slowly at the upper temperatures, resulting in improve
On Cress FX model kilns, the vent goes on with the kiln and turns off
when the firing is complete.
For NON 'vent-ready' Cress Kilns or any
other brand of kiln
If your Cress kiln is not vent ready, or if you want to use a Cress vent
on any other brand of kiln, you can still use the Clean Air Retrofit
System. You will need to drill vent holes and install the manifold
on the side of your kiln. The vent box mounts on the kiln and
hangs underneath it kiln. You will have to manually turn the vent on and off when you
want to use it. Your kiln stand also needs to be at least 9
inches tall. If not, you will need to get a new stand or elevate
your existing stand accordingly. Because of these
issues with this non-fan-ready configuration, we ask that you purchase
the system directly from Cress
Build history: All Cress E model kilns come vent ready as a standard feature.
Some FX models are vent ready; check your model number, look for the
"-FAN". Few Cress B models are built fan ready, and must be ordered with the "Vent Ready option"
(or they will not
be). If you are
retrofitting an existing kiln and unsure of it's configuration, please
include your kiln model number and serial number in the order comments.