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What Kiln should I buy?

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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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Kiln 2)

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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

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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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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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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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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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