Anybody know anything about the pros and cons of supporting kiln elements like they do in some kilns from european and asian countries? My first thought is the likelihood of banging into them with a shelf, higher manufacturing costs and more labour intensive to change elements? Seems the heat loss into the softbricks would be less therefore resulting in lower operating costs. I'm thinking there has to be a reason they are being made like this. The Nabertherm one in the picture below is rated to 1340C.