Brand new member, first post.
My wife has expressed and interest in getting a kiln and doing some hobby-type ceramic/pottery work. Trying to be a good husband, and with the holidays upon us, I decide to find her a kiln as a Christmas gift. Not a surprise to many here, I bought a kiln without really doing much research. My evaluation consisted of finding out what temp it said it was capable of and getting the highest temp available. Very much getting the cart before the horse, I bought a used Cress FE-25-A.
The brick is all in good shape, no missing pieces, no large cracks, and they are still light colored. I'm not worried about the elements, that would be easy to replace. The previous owner said she was selling due to moving and everything worked fine. I gave $200 for the kiln, and 2 shelves.
I'm wondering what I have bought. I cant find much info on the FE model. I assume it is an older. I have a couple of pics if this helps:
I have already contacted Cress asking for information and a manual. I was hoping folks here might shed some light on what I have, what it would be good for, and what I can and can't do with it.
FWIW, I feel like I have to say that I don"t mind doing some work on this if needed. Somewhere I saw something about rewiring an older kiln to use a PID controller, effectively giving it digital control and programmability. Not sure if that is a worthwhile modification, but it is definitely within my abilities.
Thanks in advance