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So I'm buying a kiln. Probably a Skutt from Georgie's. How do you like them bananas?
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Make sure you get a kiln that is in sections, they are easier to rewire. I have had a big Skutt for thirty years, the only thing that bothers me is that I have had to replace the lid three times. L &L kilns lists scratch and dent kilns on there web site, the government auctions is also a good place to look. I missed out on a good one near me, they were clearing out a ceramics studio at a air force base. They sold 3 computer control Skutt for a couple of hundred a piece. Good Luck. Denice
A very worthwhile, and rewarding, purchase. Congrats!
I like Skutt, and they do their job. If I had money to spare, I'd probably go for a L&L. But then I'd also go for a Thomas Stuart wheel, a wall mounted clay extruder, a slab roller a...
My first classroom kiln was a Skutt, computer controlled. It worked well, but it seemed to burn through elements quickly, and that was at Cone 04 max. I was a that District for six years. The elements had went bad twice, in that time.
My second District, used two Skutts, with kiln sitters and a back up timer. They worked great.
My kiln at home is a Skutt, with just the sitter.
My current classroom kiln is a L&L, computer controlled, and I can't think of anything bad to say about it. It fires spot on every time. The computer controlled Skutt I used previously, I would occasionally have some glazes that didn't quite mature, leaving bubbles, that didn't have time to smooth out. I will say, the height of the kiln, with the stand, requires me to stand, on the stand, to reach the bottom. Obviously that means, that I have plenty of space for student projects, but it also means, that I have to hang over the edge to load some projects...
Regardless of what you get, I have no doubt you will be happy with your purchase.
Make sure you think about what your end goal is for how large of things you want to fire. I have a little kiln and its brilliant and I love it, but I can't make big platters or tall vases. In retrospect, I wish I would have gotten either wider or taller, but not much bigger. That being said any kiln is 100% better than no kiln, or a kiln you don't have control over the firings.