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Pottery Kiln Furniture Layout

Round Shelves vs. Multi-Sided Shelves

There is no practical difference.
Even though a multi-sided shelf will fit closer to the contours of most top loading electric kilns, it does not increase the amount of usable stacking space.
That is because most pottery and ceramics are larger on the top than on the bottom and hang off of the shelf at the top anyway.
The round shelf actually improves heat circulation within the kiln.
Pottery Kiln Shelves
The term "High Alumina Kiln Shelves" has been mis-used in the pottery and ceramic world.
In the 1980's a well known Pottery Supply Company began to import Acme Marles Kiln Shelves into North America.
These cordierite kiln shelves were of much higher quality than the cordierite kiln shelves that had previously been sold in North America.
In order to distinguish the quality, that supplier labeled the Acme Marles shelves with the description "High Alumina".
A precedence was set and other suppliers began calling their High-Quality Cordierite Shelves, "High Alumina".

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Pottery Kiln Square Shelf

Square Shelves

There is even square kiln shelves, but most kilns are hexagon and I don't think a square shelve like this would be very popular.

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Pottery Kiln Wash

Coatings

ITC Ceramic Coatings are remarkable for many purposes.
When applied over kiln shelves, the shelves become capable of withstanding higher temperatures and will last considerably longer than if the shelves were not coated.
The ceramic coating hasn't been tested on nitride bonded silicon carbide kiln shelves and so we don't know how well it would work on them.
The nitride bonded silicon carbide kiln shelves can withstand extremely high temperatures and are extremely long lived just the way they are.

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Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Soaps

Hard Brick Soaps - Extra Heavy Duty Posts

These are heavy duty, high fire, hard firebrick that are cut into large kiln posts.
They are especially nice in very high temperature and atmospheric firings.
Their 2.25 inch x 2.5 inch top dimensions make them large enough to stack on top of each other and to each support multiple shelves.
They come in different heights.

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Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Posts

Kiln Posts These posts are stood on end inside the kiln and the shelves are placed on them.
That is because when you are firing different size pieces you need different spaces between the shelves.
As you can see in the picture, they come in many different sizes.

Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Furniture

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Pottery and Ceramics kiln Plate Setter Pottery and Ceramics kiln Plate Setter 2 Pottery and Ceramics kiln Plate Setter 3

Plate Setters

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Pottery and Ceramics kiln Tile SetterPottery and Ceramics kiln Tile Setter 2

Tile Setters

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Pottery and Ceramics kiln Plate and Tile Setter

Stackable Tile and Plate Setter

These sturdy tile and plate setters can be used individually or in groups, horizontally or vertically.
They can be stacked in pairs, to make the best use of kiln space.

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Bama Star Stilt Small Bama Star Stilt Large

Bama Stilts

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Pottery and Ceramic Bar Stilts 2

Pottery and Ceramic Triangular Stilts

Pottery and Ceramic Rods and Cleanstone

Stilt Mark Cleaning Stone

Bell Stilts, Ceramic Rods, and Stilt Cleaning Stones

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Pottery and Ceramic 4 Star StiltsPottery and Ceramic 4 Star Stilts 2Pottery and Ceramic 4 Star Stilts 3

Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Bead HolderPottery and Ceramic Kiln Bead Holder 2

Roselli Stilts and Bead Racks

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Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Peep Hole Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Peep Hole 2 Pottery and Ceramic Kiln Peep Hole Plug

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