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RE: [teacherartexchange] Kiln Buying Guide


Date: Tue Apr 24 2007 - 06:53:06 PDT

I had a Skutt kiln at my last school, a 1027-3 with the computerized
controller. I loved it! Also buy some industrial metal shelving to store
supplies on, kiln shelves and other hardware, a heavy-duty garbage can
for clay recycling. (You can buy specialized ones, but the heavy ones
you can buy at building centers work just as well, and you can get
rolling bases for them much cheaper then the special industrial ones or
ones for clay) Size wise, the bigger the better. You can always fire a
load not quite full, but you can't cram more into a kiln that is too

My current school has a Paragon kiln, just a couple of years older then
the Skutt at my old school. The Skutt still looked like new when I left.
The Paragon is looking pretty beat up, and I fine it much less
user-friendly. I also had the Eniro-vent system, and never did have a
smell from firing the kiln. I had an interior storage room the kiln was
in, but they were able to vent it through the roof.

Oh, most come with it now, but you also want a lid-lifter. That's the
only issue I had with the Skutt kiln, the lid was hard to lift, and
occasionally would hit the wall, which I'm afraid would eventually crack

Good luck! Clay is so fun to work with and teach!

Laura Drietz
Art Teacher
Brookings Middle School

I really like Skutt kilns. I would order from a company near you (as
shipping can be high).

Take a look at Sax Kiln Buying Guide:

Check with your school electrician before ordering...
"Most kilns are available in 208 or 240 volts. Kilns are available with
single or three-phase electricity. For example, if your building is
powered by 208 volts and single-phase electricity your kiln should have
the same power specifications."

Make sure your kiln can be vented to the OUTSIDE. Since this will be
added to an existing room, I recommend the Enviro-vent (mounted under
the kiln). If there is no way to get to an outside wall, then find a
room in the building where you can. In the elementary buildings where I
taught, the kiln was in the janitors' room.


Judy Decker

On 4/24/07, Michelle Best wrote:
> We are thinking of purchasing a kiln for our elementary art room. We
don't know anything about this purchase. Does anyone have any good
advice for our school? We are an elementary school of approx. 900
students. What size, brand, type, etc.? What other supplies will be
necessary for using the kiln and ceramics?
> Thanks,
> Michelle

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