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  1. Great idea to use the sitter as backup. Thanks for the tip.
  2. Can you tell me more about that? I'm really uneducated when it comes this.
  3. Great news! I got a lightly used Olympic kiln (model 1823) for only $120. The guy was in a big hurry to sell it because he is moving. It only has one damaged brick, and came with lots of shelves, posts, and feet. It's 3.29 cubic feet inside, which I am sure is big enough for pretty much anything I would make. It has a kiln sitter, but I'm wondering if I should swap it out for an electronic controller. This is an area where I have no experience whatsoever.
  4. So, I went to look at the Westby kiln. The top had a ton of broken bricks, probably 2/3 of the way around, and some of them were pressing down on the coils. It is a stackable/kit type, so the other sections lower down also had damaged bricks. It was clean inside, but is really old, and hasn't even been fired up since 2003. I told the guy that I would be taking a risk to buy it, but that I was willing to give him $120 for it. He wasn't interested, so I passed. I am really grateful for the suggestions you all gave me as it helped me avoid getting burned.
  5. I really appreciate the specific advice. This will help a lot as I think the kiln I am going to look at tomorrow is rather old, and has not been fired up in over 10 years. I am planning to talk them down on the price as I think $475 seems quite high for a kiln that is old and can't be tested. Now I have an idea of where to look for problems. This kiln does have an electronic controller, so that is a plus for me.
  6. Great idea. I have been going to my daughter's high school pottery class with her, and I'm sure her teacher would love some help with firing the students work.
  7. I am a ceramic hobbyist looking to buy a used kiln. I have found a few on craigslist in my area, but I don't really know what I am looking at. I know how to load a kiln, but have no experience doing my own firing. I found a used Westby, but it seems this company has been out of business for some time. I looked at new kilns but my budget is nowhere near enough to buy new. Any suggestions on what to look for, or what to stay away from. Has anyone built their own kiln? I know I will have to put in a separate breaker for it, but my husband is an electrical engineer, so that is no problem. Do any
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