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mel-kiln royalty

updated sun 10 may 09


Stephani Stephenson on sat 9 may 09

Bill, you are omitting a whole class of electric kilns!
The big behemouth square kilns!
I use an 8 cubic ft Cress CH8 electric
it has 7 inches of insulation all the way round including the top.
it is FABULOUS in glaze development
onetime the kiln shutoff and as son as it went off I left town for a week=
When I returned, the kiln was still warm.
I usually have to speed up the cooling a bit by proppong the lid in vario=
us increments.

This kiln is also an electricity miser, and only needs a 50 amp breaker.d=
raws 35.
it is an old style cone/kilnsitter shutoff.=3D20
i 've fired aventurine glazes in it, and the complexity of my glazes impr=

i purchased my kiln for $100. hardest part was getting it to the studio.
i have it on blocks now, in case i need to move it I can do so easily wit=
h a palette jack

Tony, in my head i still see the warmth of color coming from variation in=
gas kilns as=3D20
possibly more interesting in some situations. but a lot of people think s=
ome of my glazes=3D20
came from a gas stoneware firing. when in fact they are a lower fired, fr=
om an electric=3D20
kiln. and it is all about the cooling.


Bill wrote:"I believe the most important issue in answering your question=
is cooling.
Most gas fired kilns are much better insulated than most electric kilns (=
loading, sectional) that one would find in many potter's studios. A well
insulated kiln will cool slowly. The exception with electric kilns are th=
newer front loading electrics, with much better insulation, that might ma=
the slow natural cooling of gas fired kilns."