Curt, I advise you rethink your advice to your friend. Heating applications and solar charged batteries do not mesh well.
Neil, I'm in 100% agreement with you on both points (as per my original post).
To the forum in general,
The original thrust of my post was to disambiguate the phrase "solar powered electric kiln." The phrasing, as it stands is misleading, since solar power alone cannot heat anything (they may be able to provide theoretical power, but this does not work in practice), and on-grid systems are dependent on the grid to provide the power quality necessary to complete a firing.
I must say, however, I'm disappointed that this discussion descended into an issue of semantics and poor math. I do not think Mr. Baymore's arguments have been in good faith. Indeed, the ceramist in link three fires a wood fired kiln and uses solar power to offset their energy footprint. I believe Mr. Baymore's third post underscores this poor faith behaviour. This has, I believe, formed a pattern. This pattern includes a series of messages not to engage in discussions with a member with whom he didn't agree with, part of his argument was "just look at the pots this guy makes!"
I have contacted both Mr. Baymore and the admins in the past regarding this poor behaviour. I have great respect for his knowledge and experience, but I know many ceramists just as knowledgable and experienced, and they do not behave in such a way. It has been because of this poor attitude that my presence on this forum has been minimal.
Best wishes to all,