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We understand that the purchase of a kiln is a substantial decision and the kiln is likely to be with you for many years therefore we specialize and pride ourselves in our service, committment and professional advice ensuring that The Pottery Place can assist you to find the kiln that’s perfect for you.
HOW TO CHOOSE A KILN.
Over the years, the selection of kilns has grown steadily. To help you sort through the confusion of choosing from so many different types, we have itemized some details for you to consider before making a decision as to the right kiln for you.
When you choose a kiln you must make sure that it is rated hot enough for the ware that you will fire:
1280°C: Porcelain and stoneware -
1100C – 1200C Mid – fire ceramics
1020 C – 1100C: Low-fire ceramics
760°-926°C: China painting, glass fusing, glass slumping, enameling, bead annealing
It is a good idea to buy a kiln that will fire hotter than you need it to. If you are firing glass to 815°C, buy a kiln rated to 926°C. If you fire ceramics to cone 6, buy a cone 10 kiln. As heating elements age, they draw less and less power. Generally, the higher the kiln’s maximum temperature rating, the longer the elements last. This is because even after the elements begin to wear, they still draw enough amperage to fire the ware. Another advantage to higher temperature capacity is that during periods of low voltage, your kiln will still likely reach the temperature you need.
In general, the larger the kiln, the lower the cost per cubic foot of interior space. Divide a kiln price by its cubic feet, and you’ll see what I mean. Will you want to fire many small loads or a few large ones? Some people prefer to fire frequent small loads to see how special effects turn out before spending time on other projects. Others prefer firing fewer large loads. This may be another factor in choosing kiln size. Choose a kiln that will fire the largest ware that you produce, and decide how often you want to fire the kiln. Figure how long it will take you to make enough ware to fill a kiln of a given size. Do you think your needs will expand later? Kiln owners will typically tell you to buy more capacity than you currently need, because you’ll probably outgrow your kiln later.
Electric Kiln or Gas Kiln.
Different results are able to be achieved with each of these options . The choice will also depend on the nature of your work, some glazes, surface treatments and oxides can cause damage to electric kiln elements. The choice will also depend on resources available such as single phase or three phase requirements and gas availability. Feel free to contact The Pottery Place to discuss your individual requirements.
Top Loading Kiln or Front Loading Kiln.
Front-loading kilns are preferred for ease of packing and unpacking. . Ceramists typically use the small front loaders for glaze testing and top loaders for smaller pieces. Large front-loading studio kilns are easier to load than top-loading models because you don’t have to bend down into the kiln.
Firebrick Kiln or Ceramic Fibre Kiln.
Though ceramic fiber heats and cools faster, insulated firebrick (used in most kilns) outlasts ceramic fiber. So each material has its advantages. In addition, heating elements are easy to replace in a firebrick kiln, because they are exposed in firebrick grooves. Most ceramic fiber kilns use elements embedded into the ceramic fiber. Therefore, these elements cannot be replaced. Instead, the ceramic fiber firing chamber and elements are replaced as a single unit.
Manual or Automatic.
Most manual-fire kilns operate with infinite control switches, the type used on electric ranges. They contain a bi-metallic timer that cycles on and off. As you turn the switch clockwise, the heating elements stay on longer and longer. On High, the elements stay on continuously.
Manual-fire kilns are gradually being replaced by automatic models. If you are planning on a manual-fire because that is what you are accustomed to, at least consider an automatic kiln. Once you understand them, automatic kilns are easier to use than manual kilns. Automatic kilns are of two general types: mechanical and digital. Mechanical automatics use timers to advance the switch settings and a Kiln Sitter to turn the kiln off. Digital kilns use a programmable electric controller.
Once you begin to understand the reasons for so many different types of kilns, choosing the best one for you will be easy.
Pottery Kilns, Glass Kilns, Classroom Kilns, Studio Kilns, Gas Kilns, Electric Kilns, Raku Kilns and even DIY Kilns… The Pottery Place can find the kiln that’s perfect for you.
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