Fired Arts & Crafts
Kiln Features
Friday, 22 October 2010 14:06

Do some research before purchasing a kiln. Be certain you are getting everything you need if you plan to make the investment. Each manufacturer may have different features and sizes, and it's important to make sure that the kiln will be able to reach the temperatures you will be firing to. Wall thickness, insulation and voltage can affect the maximum temperature a kiln can reach.

Determine whether a manual kiln or an automatic is right for you. Just because digital controls are on the latest models does not necessarily mean it is right for you. Don't let the salesperson talk you into what they want to sell, or what everyone else is buying. Choose what's best for you, taking into consideration the materials you use and the projects you want to create.

Kiln companies are always trying to come up with new features to entice you to purchase their brand. These innovations can range from different materials for the core of the kiln, gadgets for lifting the lid and special element holders to features that make a kiln easier to service, or multiple thermocouples that keep the temperature consistent throughout the chamber. Since there are a number of options offered on new kilns, you have a variety of options and accessories to consider.