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#1 Laurea

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 05:52 PM

I have always used an electric kiln, I'm a serious hobbiest. I am looking buy a new kiln and was considering a gas kiln. Any thoughts , advice would be appreciated.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

What are your goals as a ceramist and for a kiln?

 

List that and not only will it heklp others to make useful suggestions.... but will help you lead yourself to the answer.

 

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:26 AM

Consider where the gas kiln will be located and any local codes that will apply. Some times the local codes make it near impossible. This might be your first consideration.

Hope this helps, Wyndham



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:41 AM

Look into all the code requirements for a gas kiln, and follow them if you go that route. Get all the necessary permits and inspections. It's the safest way to do it. Do no try to set up a kiln secretly, because if you ever get caught you'll be out a lot of money and effort. Also check with your insurance company about what they will cover. They are usually fine with electric kilns, they just want to know that you have one. Gas kilns are a different issue.

 

You can set up a very nice electric kiln for less than $4000. Triple that, or more, for a gas kiln, plus the cost of venting and gas lines. The hood, vent and gas line cost me as much as my gas kiln.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:20 PM

and then there is wood B)

 

We run a 10 cf electric and production is increasing and the need for 2nd glaze kiln is building. The switch from simply setting a firing schedule in motion and going about other business as opposed to walking a firing all the way through is giving me some pause. There is a learning curve as well as added work involved and that is time that has to be shifted from other projects.  

 

I decided to do a cheap electric conversion to propane just to get a handle on the process and see if it's the direction we want to explore for production. There also seems to be some wood options on the smaller side as well and of course Raku. 

 

Have you considered this shift in process if you move to gas or wood?

 

You might want to check out this page on Ward burners about using controllers on a gas kiln. 

 

http://www.wardburne...ontrollers.html



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:27 PM

To me, it comes back to the fact that the absolute first step is answering, "What are the goals and objectives for a new kiln?"  That then leads the whole following thought train.  

 

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best,

 

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#7 High Bridge Pottery

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:23 PM

They are hard to compare, I would love a gas kiln for its results but I also love my electric kiln for its results. My plan is to find somebody else's gas kiln and convince them to rent space to me and I will happily sit firing my electric kiln with ease. I do enjoy the beauty that real fire adds but it does come with some costs.


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