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    Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    I didn’t check that Jenken out until you reminded me @oldlady. I think it’s a bit low fire for me, although thanks for the suggestion @Marcia Selsor. So I’ve heard, about using a kiln to cone 10, @neilestrick but as you say, you do want the ability so as to not struggle going to 6. Not that I would even fire to c10 all the time. I think that cone art is my main interest now - if I can come to terms spending that much that is. Another reason I want the option of cone 10 is because I have some brand new Sheffield 42 stoneware clay I haven’t even had a chance to put to use yet. It’s a c6-10 clay - would it still be vitrified/functional enough if only fired to c6? https://www.sheffield-pottery.com/Sheffield-Moist-Clay-42-c6-10-50Lb-Box-Delivered-p/mc42fs.htm I wouldn’t want to throw it out.
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    Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    Very interesting @Stephen, thanks for sharing. I hear you about the size of the Caldera, now that I think about it, it probably is too tiny. The 12x13 from Seattle Pottery Supply looks like a pretty sweet little and I would probably go for that no doubt if it fired to cone 10. Now I'm just as lost as I was in the beginning because I would like the option of firing to cone 10. That biggestlittlekiln isn't doing it for me for some reason though. Good thing I'm not in a rush to get a kiln EDIT: This is the one that would do it for me, I think. http://www.bigceramicstore.com/cone-art-1813bx-electronic-model-bartlett-v6-cf-electronic-controller-16031.html But that price tag..
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    Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    I went to their website and looked at the manual for the caldera and the only thing I saw was that they stated was that the kiln should be plugged into its own appliance breaker and be the only thing used on that breaker while firing. On bigceramicstore.com, they state the recommended breaker is 15 amps - which is luckily I standard if I’m not mistaken.
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    Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    @neilestrick thank you, great information to have!
  5. arpetrone

    Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    Exactly the information I was looking for, thank you! It is a good point about wearing out the element/kiln faster than a regular sized kiln but there’s nothing to be done about that as a small kiln is really my only option at this time. Thank you both. I have and will do my research before buying the kiln as to what it can and needs to run on as well as the interior space.
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    Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    Hello, and thank you! Yes, but size difference aside. The quality of say a mug fired to the same cone in your full size cone vs the small kiln should be the same, no?
  7. Hello, CeramicArtsDaily Community, Been lurking around reading a lot of stuff here for the last few months and have a question that I haven't been able to quite get a clear grasp on. I do ceramics as a hobby - mostly hand building but lately have not had any success in finding somewhere or someplace to fire my work. I do not have access to a kiln and have not been able to get my work fired lately so I've been researching, mostly waiting for a good deal, on small 120v "test" kilns, like the Paragon Caldera. A full-size kiln really isn't an option for me at all. For the type of work I do, I think these smaller kilns are almost perfect for me. I have done some researching on this site and see that a lot of you use those small test kilns as only a test kiln and not for production work. Is this because they do not fire as well as a regular sized kiln with venting, or for what reasons exactly is that? If you only had access to a small sized kiln, are there any good reasons why it could not or should not be used as your one and only kiln for work ranging up to cone 10 - which is important for me. I work in mostly earthenware for sculptural work and stoneware for functional work. Mostly everything is for personal use but if I had my own kiln I would certainly sell some work. Would a small 120v kiln such as a digital paragon caldera for sufficient for me or are full size kilns really the only way to make "professional production quality" work? Thank you in advance for any tips and help!
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