plumcreative Posted January 14, 2016 Report Share Posted January 14, 2016 I am researching medium to large electric ceramic kilns for a small studio-- cone 8-10-- and would like to be able to eliminate some choices to help me narrow things down when I get ready to purchase one. The kiln will go into a new studio/garage building which is going up now and I can set up for whatever electrical load I want. My preference is get a front loading kiln but I will consider others if it looks like they would be better overall. The main question is: what manufacturers do you think are best? Are there any manufacturers that are best to avoid? Do any of the manufacturers put any special features in their kilns that make them more desirable, reliable, easier to operate, protect elements more, are safer, etc. Which have the longest lasting elements? Which are the best value? What are the most important options to consider getting? If cost is not a factor is it a good idea to get APM elements or not worth it? If cost is not a factor is it a good idea to get S-thermocouple or not worth it? Are there any other add-ons that would be a really good idea (if cost not a factor)? Is there anything I should look for in particular for digital controllers? If kiln comes with a digital controller is there any other equipment I need? (Some offer pyrometers as an additional option-- but is one needed?) The manufacturers, of course all claim they have the best kilns and that their features are the best but it is hard to know how much is marketing and how much is real. I would like to know what potters use the most and like the most. Any insights you can give me would be appreciated. Cheers, Amy PS-- cost is a factor in reality of course but I want to get an idea of what options are essential and which are just more than is really needed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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