Electric Kiln Firing Chamber Size
Posted 17 April 2010 - 08:07 PM
Posted 17 April 2010 - 11:02 PM
DENICE (Wichita, KS)
Posted 17 April 2010 - 11:14 PM
Your kiln is the "restrictor plate" in the studio operation. All work must flow thru it. It determines stuff like turnaround time, nature of the firings that can actually be done, maximum scale of a single piece, firing efficiency (BTUS to the work versus BTUs to heat the kiln structure), and so on. So spend some time thinking about it before jumping in. Which it seems you are doing by asking here.
If you are kinda' new to making claywork..... a smaller kiln is likely a good idea. This gives you repeated firing experience as well as feedback on a frequent basis. If you have been doing it a long while....... then having only a smaller kiln can be a problem in getting throughput.
Each variation has its plusses and minuses. Once you decide... don't look back.....just make work. If you need to change things... you usually can find a way later. It is not usually a "life sentence".
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