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Thread: Ready for a kiln, can you help me choose?

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    Default Ready for a kiln, can you help me choose?

    Evening
    I've been making things with metal clay for about a year now and have got my first commission [gulp].

    So far using a torch for firing has been a bit hit and miss, with a couple of melted corners. I'd like to get a kiln to I can make more detailed and larger pieces and give them more strength.

    http://www.metalclay.co.uk/categories/Firing/Kilns/
    http://www.corbykilns.co.uk/index.ph...products_id=35
    http://kilnlinings.co.uk/index.php?m...roducts_id=149
    http://kilnlinings.co.uk/index.php?m...roducts_id=148

    Have found these so far, the last is the cheapest, do you think it will be suitable, or am I totally off the mark?
    Any help and opinions are welcome.

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    Only the first one meets the specification. The middle two either have no thermostat or don't meet the top-temperature spec.

    The little table-top kiln looks good on paper but... it seems very expensive for what it is and I would be sceptical about that temperature controller.

    I have an SC-2, available from Kernowcraft and Warm Glass, which is sort of the standard device.

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    The last one on your list - I started off with one of these. I would not recommend it, I fired it about 6 times and it packed up, sent it back and they replaced it, and the second one only lasted one firing. They did send my money straight back and so no problem there (not from this dealer but from an online auction site and much cheaper than this) but it was the hassle of being without it when I was itching to get started. I eventually took the plunge (or went mad as some people saw it) and bought an Evenheat kiln, which is much more expensive but I love it. Alot of people recommend the SC-2 but I don't have any experience of these.

    Louise
    www.louisewestlacedesign.co.uk

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    I've got an Evenheat too, had no problems with it at all!

    Lorraine

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    I've got an Evenheat too, had no problems with it at all!

    Lorraine

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    I have an SC-2 and am really happy with it.

    LN.

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