Search the Community
Showing results for tags 'gas kilns'.
Found 2 results
I got an Olympic propane gas kiln set up for reduction work and it's been an absolutely wild ride, but so far the one thing I havent been able to nail are proper reduced nitrate lusters. Once thing I've been toying with; it has 3 burners coming up through the floor with a considerable amount of space around each, so I'm guessing that's contributing to why I cant replicate the classic sawdust / raku bath effects I'm looking for. I would like to see if I can get there without the reduction bucket because the clay bodies I'm using generally cant deal with the thermal shock. Anyway I'm thinking about taking slices of thermal blanket and essentially stuffing it into those gaps around the burners. My concern is that doing so will obviously impact the ability to feed oxygen to the fuel.. and that seems like a recipe for a catastrophic failure, potentially. Anyone have any thoughts..?
I've been using an L&L electric kiln for the last 10 years, and am considering purchasing a front loading downdraft gas kiln. I'm interested in something in the order of 9 cubic feet, or perhaps a bit larger. Olympic makes the model DD9. Laguna makes the model LE-200-9 for about the same price, but is a little larger than the Olympic. Bailey makes the model M-404-007 in a size that is between the two above, but you have to call to get a price quote. The Laguna gas kilns look interesting in that you can get an electronic controller as an option. The problem that I am having is that I cannot find any comparisons by users of these kilns. However, I have found single blogs on each of these where users complain of poor quality, workmanship, can't get up to cone 10, uneven firing, poor customer support, etc. So, it seems like its a crap shoot. I really don't know whose kiln to buy.