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#1 allisonpeters

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:44 AM

I have the opportunity to purchase a used kiln. I am knew to this so I could use some guidance.

 

The first is an electric pottery kiln, two tier, Econo brand, has shelves and stilts and says it is best for low fire but can go up to cone 6.   Unknown price at this point.

 

The second is a Sitter ceramic kiln model LT-3K, 240 V.A.C 50 amps 60 HZ N.  Cost $250

 

The third is a L&L Econo kiln, 220 plug, full shelf and 2 half shelves and some supports in various sizes. It is a "manual kiln that operates with a small cone shut-off that is placed across a pair of kiln sitters". Outside dimensions 27"high, 27"wide. Interior dimensions 18" high and 17" wide.  Cost $195

 

Thanks for any help.  I am new to this

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 03:13 PM

Considering the prices you posted, I think it maybe safe to plan on buying a set of elements for the kiln in the near future. Check with the mfg about the cost of a set of elements and the cost of someone installing them for you.

I maybe a bit off on the price but I'd guess $500 or more.

Element wear out over time and need replacing or the kiln will not reach temp it's rated for.

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#3 nigich22

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:38 PM

I am actually in a similar position, looking into used kilns that is. Beyond the obvious condition issues that you need to look into, bricks, elements, etc, you need to think about you costs and logistics. How much are replacement parts and furniture, where is it going, is there ventilation, what about electrical costs and hardware (braker, wire, plug)? Those are the sort of things I am asking myself, hope they are helpful to you.



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:11 PM

there has been a recent very extensive discussion of this topic. the lack of replies may be because everyone is talked out on that subject right now or that your question is posted in Potters Council and not in IN THE STUDIO where the original one was posted.

 

it might help if you were to read the whole thing.  it might help you decide.  i don't have the skills to post a link or whatever it is called, look about three pages back or near july 1 or so.  happy hunting.


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#5 Mark C.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 12:15 AM

The only one I know of is L&L out of your list-They make a very solid product and that would be my choice.If its old you as noted may need new elements.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:39 AM

there has been a recent very extensive discussion of this topic. the lack of replies may be because everyone is talked out on that subject right now or that your question is posted in Potters Council and not in IN THE STUDIO where the original one was posted.

 

it might help if you were to read the whole thing.  it might help you decide.  i don't have the skills to post a link or whatever it is called, look about three pages back or near july 1 or so.  happy hunting.

old lady;

There are tons of posts on this topic.If you go to ceramics technical they are there. It is the same question over and over. It is difficult to make an assessment without a picture of each kiln. Look for things like-condition of brick,are the elements hanging out, has it been left outside.

This is not my area of expertise, although every kiln I have purchased has been used. I go and look at them, like kicking the tires on a car.

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