Has anyone got the Bailey electric kiln? I'm looking at the 2327-10, just out of curiosity.
I'm wondering what people's experiences are with this kiln. Are the elements easy to change? Pros and cons are appreciated.
pretty sure the top loading Bailey electrics are the same as a Skutt, where elements go directly into the soft brick channel. It's the front-loaders he now makes that have the element holders similar to an L&L.
Personally, I don't see the issue with a Skutt kilns, I think they are great. I'm on the West Coast, they are also, so why would I not support them? I don't really ever have issues where I need help with them, but when I do call Skutt I always have quick help and excellent service. Have 7 here in studio and know numerous people that own them at home or in other schools. Seems everyone here always complains about the element setup in them, but seriously how often are you swapping elements? Once a year, once every other year? I swap elements all the time with the amount of abuse undergrads throw at my kilns and they are all nearing 20 years old, also with most of their original bricks until recently when I did a full rebuild on a few of them. Sure it might be easier to pull out a rigid element holder to keep from messing up soft brick, but that hard element holder is going to soak up more energy than the soft brick would - making a less efficient use of the energy going into your work.
As for those Advancers....drool....I would personally just stick with regular alumina shelves until you are ready for another big investment, since you're looking at investing in a kiln now.
someday I will get some, but man are they expensive. Actually, I tried getting my studio some Advancers a year ago, but after talking with Marshall at SSFBS, he said they wouldn't work because of the way that we use full hard-brick to stack our kilns -- something about the thermal shock of the heat difference between where the shelf gets sandwiched between brick vs the areas not sandwiched. Marshall sent me lots of info regarding these shelves and I can definitely see where they would excel and could potentially save lots of money in the long run if taken care of. Unfortunately, it's hard to convince administrators that spending 3x the cost of something that's already expensive, will be worth it long-term (since our regular SiC shelves already end up around $125/ea for a 12" x 28" x 3/4")