Burnt and Melty!

My kiln plug is melty and burnt!

Usually I unplug my kiln when each firing is done but still at peak temperature, but at my last firing I could not unplug the plug. It felt stuck. I thought it was just a fluke and just waited a couple of hours to try again. No problem! I basically forgot about it, did not recheck it — as I probably should have — and yesterday when I went to fire again, it was burnt and melty!! booooo. It will set me back several days to wait for the part, install a new plug, have the outlet checked, and maybe even get an additional breaker installed in order to avoid pulling out the plug so often, but hopefully I will be firing again by the weekend. I do have a lot of orders due and everything is extremely tight in the schedule, but hopefully no one is in the middle of a pottery emergency and everyone will be able to be flexible!