Diane- great suggestions! I will make sure to find out about sales tax, I've already figured in shpg where I could. I did find out with shipping I need to allow for lift gate service for delivery and NOBODY delivers to my door in a truck it's a one lane dead end road so I always have to drive down to the end of the road and flag down the driver and unload and bring big stuff up in my pick up myself. I will also ask about paying by check thank you.
Make sure you figure in delivery and sales tax, as these could vary. If you order from someplace outside of Georgia, you may not need to pay sales tax. I was warned to make sure delivery would be to inside my garage by a friend whose new kiln was left at the curb. I also got a discount for paying by check rather than credit card.
I am wondering if you see yourself staying in that studio long term or hope to have your own studio. A kiln can be a lifetime investment, so consider getting what you will want in five or ten years.
For what it's worth, I have an L&L Easy Fire. I have been very happy with it.
I do see myself staying at the group studio long term. I am also a painter and they have asked me to teach some classes there as well as teach some classes in some of the things I am doing in ceramics that nobody else there is doing and have told the director they would like to learn how to do. That said I have also read that even people that have large kilns say having a small one around to run tests and stuff through is helpful so the size I am focusing on could in the future become my test kiln if I decided I am successful enough to need a large kiln to keep up with my out put. Be nice to be so successful I ned another kiln LOL.
Do you mind my asking which model you have? What is it that you like about it?
Thank you again for your suggestions and really appreciate your input.
I have the L&l Easy Fire 23T with 3 inch brick. It was very easy to take apart and move from the garage to the studio. They make it very simple. The kiln has been reliable. Tech support has been available and helpful. Documentation is prolific, both in a notebook which came with the kiln and online. I really like the element holders. Even though I am very careful, I have occasionally bumped one with a kiln shelf and have been relieved that element was protected. This will most likely be the only kiln I ever purchase, so I wanted a good one. L&L came highly recommended by several friends.
As far as picking it up in your truck, unless it is a very small kiln, that may not work. Mine came packed in a huge box on a pallet. It was very well packed, but the box was truly enormous. The trucker had a small fork lift which he used to take the kiln off his truck and bring it down my very steep driveway into the garage. Another option would be to have several people ready to unpack it and move it one piece at a time to wherever you are putting it. It is not difficult, and the individual pieces are not very heavy. It is just bulky and somewhat fragile.
I know L&L makes the same model with two rings rather than three, so it must be about 18" high inside. I wonder what the price difference is and whether or not you could add another ring in the future if you needed a bigger kiln. Neil would probably know.