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Different Types of Kilns
There are all kinds of sizes and shapes of kilns made for many different needs.
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You should look down the road a bit and decide if you are going to continue making just beads or are you thinking about doing large ceramics later on. It certainly would not be cost effective to buy a bead kiln now and say in a year or so start doing large ceramics and have to buy a larger kiln. If that be the case, you should buy the larger kiln now because the beads that you are working on now could be fired in the large one and you would have the size kiln that you need when you decided to include large ceramics or want to start a ceramic business.
Skutt Ceramic Kilns KS SeriesWhen it comes to electric kilns, Skutt has a model for everyone, from the beginner home hobbyist to schools and professional studios. Skutt kilns have a 2-year limited warranty. UL and CSA listed.
Skutt's KS series kilns include the following standard features:
Ten-sided design eliminates hot spots.
Stainless steel jacket.
Full trough groove with exposed, pinned elements for excellent heat distribution.
Sectionalized construction for easy brick and element replacement and one-person moving.
Sealed, dust-free lid with floating hinges.
Air-cooled switch box, louvered to keep out dust.
Reversible top and bottom slabs.
Out of the way, side-mounted control box.
Stand and peepholes included.
Skutt Glassmaster Clam Shell Kiln
The 13½" chamber height is taller than other top firing kilns allowing for tall slumping and drop mold projects. The clam shell allows for easy loading and glass manipulation.
Skutt Glassmaster KilnsThe Glassmaster is equipped standard with the GlassMaster Controller, which gives you the precision and versatility needed for complicated firing projects. With a 13.5" chamber height, these kilns are much taller then other top firing kilns, allowing for tall slumping and drop mold projects.
Skutt's Glassmaster Kilns also feature lid and side fired elements, enclosed Type K thermocouple, an 8" stand, and oval design.
Before ordering your kiln, check your wiring for voltage and phase!
Skutt Bead KilnPortable front-loading kiln is perfect for annealing torch work beads and excellent for fusing smaller projects. It comes standard with a side-hinged door. And easy-to-operate bead door is optional. Both doors include wood handles that are mounted away for the heat allowing you to open them without gloves.
The GlassMaster controller provides accurate and stable temperature that is ideal for annealing. Other features include an enclosed Type K thermocouple and built-in stand.
The kiln fits an 8" × 8" (20 cm × 20 cm) shelf and weighs 82 lb (37 kg) It fires up to 1800°F on a standard household current. 1725W. 115V, AC.
These fine-quality kilns from AIM Manufacturing Co. are made for indoor firing by the Raku method. These kilns can use natural gas, propane or butane.
Paragon Enameling KilnEnameling kilns are small tabletop, top loading kilns popular for metal enameling, jewelry, china painting and glass.
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