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#1 Help me get a Kiln

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

Hi I need your help! I have been making glass beads for about six months to a year now, and I want to sell my work.
I need to buy a kiln to anneal my beads, I know there are special kilns you can buy but I don't have that kind of money.

I have found two kilns for sale in my area and I am wondering if I should buy one?
and if they are good for annealing beads.

I would love any advice you guys can give me!

Kiln 1)
Scutt Kiln - Fires to cone 10. Comes with new elements,
new sitter and bricks which need to be installed.
For $170
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Model DK 820.1
Excellent condition
1050°C/1922°F
Requires 240 volts
Includes shelves, cones and 8 posts
Plus an extra element.
For $350

#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

The first kiln will fire to ^10 easily to ^6. The second kiln will only do low fire or bisque. So, really it depends on what you need the kiln to fire.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

I am looking for a kiln that I can anneal my beads in.
I am currently working with moretti glass, but I hope to be working with other types too.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

Buy the Skutt. The Duncan will cost you a lot more to maintain. Duncan kilns are no longer made, but Paragon has parts for many of the models. Elements and such tend to be fairly pricey, though. The Skutt will also be easier to repair.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

Ok thank you Posted ImageDo you think it will be good for anneal beads?

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

I assume you only need about 1000F degrees for annealing? This is more than adequate. Seems really large, though. Any reason to not get a little 110 volt chili pepper kiln or a pottery test kiln or something like that? You'll be using a lot more electricity for the Skutt, and the wiring job will be expensive.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:18 PM

Yes i'll need it at about 1000F degrees.
I haven't goten a chili pepper kiln or one like it because I don't have $500-1000 to spend right know.


I was looking at some adds and found these two kilns in my price range, so I was wondering if I should get one.
Or wait and save up to get a proper kiln.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

Having the electrician run the line for one of these kilns will cost $200-$1000 dollars or more, depending on the location of the kiln. Firing one will cost 10 times as much as a little kiln. Wait for one that's the right size and can plug into a standard household outlet.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

Consider putting an add on Craigslist for items wanted . . . there may be a potter in your area with a test kiln sitting unused in the studio and be willing to sell it to you. Also, put a notice up at the local pottery supplier.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

Paragon Firefly is a nice little unit for this kind of application. If you wait for a sale, you could probably get on in your price range...
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

Thank you so much guys!
This is exactly what I was wanting to know.




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