OK bashing brands is not what I'm known for but.
On my 1227 the band which is now a rusting mess as well as all the steel parts (handle-snap latches and bands) came apart on last bisque. This kiln has only been used for bisque and on a good year maybe 6 bisques total ( I use my gas kilns for most bisquing).Its from the mid 90's
This year I have a whopping 7 fires on it so far and the middle band came apart on the spot wields on the tensioning bands-exactly like my one of my smaller skutts did a decade ago. The only difference is my two older skutts have no rust on the stainless steel bands-it appears the new bands are really a very poor grade of stainless. Spot wields just are the wrong thing to do on kiln jackets..I should mention that the older skutts I own have spotless bands as the stainless is a much better quality
I have only gone to cone 08 in this kiln and have little use on it over the two decades. I live 7 miles from the sea so its not that either.
I'm going to screw this together with quality stainless marine screws before next fire (holiday season is NOW)-just another nail in my reason to buy another brand of kiln for me.
If you are in the kiln market check for spot wields and ask about how stainless is the stainless.
I'm dreaming of an L&L
one last note -have you noticed it always all happens at once
Mark C.Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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Full time production potter since graduating with a BA from Humboldt State in Northern Ca. Been doing art shows since early 70's.I'm a glaze and fire potter-pots are the canvas-
I do juried art shows in the western states-I have several galleries in Nor-Cal that carry my work.i have two reduction kilns a slat kiln and several electrics and a raku kiln as well.
Clay has shaped my life since a high school class. I have been involved with all types of ceramics from slab to slipware to throwing. I have settled on High fire porcelain production wares for the kitchen as a livelihood. I make all glazes from scratch and I specialize in brightly colored wares for everyday use that are durable.
My family is/was all teachers except me from elementary to collage level art Professor. I choose a different path -really it choose me.
I am an ocean person . Other interests include Diving-underwater photo (have sold many a fish photo)-salvage diving-commercial diving some-Dive Travel around this planet
Extreme offshore tuna fishing off north coast of Ca.I need the sea as its been around me since birth and plan on my ashes to go there as well.I have to many interests and to little time.
I have a few boston whaler boats for fishing and diving and do so every year during our brief summer ocean season here.
I have taken fish photos underwater for 30 years now and make ceramic fish from those experiences.
I still love clay and dealing with good customers.
I make salt ware for fun these days.
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