At my previous school, we had a Skutt kiln with the computer controller.
I loved it! So easy to figure out how to use, and held up well. I bought
the largest size that was still single-phase, so it was less of an
electric issue. We found one used, at huge savings. Do spend a little
more for the thicker kiln brick, it saves quite a bit of energy when
firing the kiln, and keeps the kiln room cooler. You may also want to
check into local companies that do trucking. When we bought a pottery
wheel, I was able to save around $400 just by having it picked up when
local trucker was going through that area (where it would be shipped
from the manufacturer) empty they were willing to pick it up for us.
That was the "deal maker" for my administration.
Brookings Middle School
From: Kim Ans [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:26 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Kiln Questions
After 7 years of asking I have finally received funding to purchase a
new kiln. (Ironically they finally fixed the old kiln last year after 6
years of asking but I am not giving up the funding!) However i am
confused about the wide variety of kilns available. What is the
difference between a single phase and a three phase. honestly i only do
the very basics with the students (HS) but I still want to get my
money's worth. The kiln i have now is a kiln sitter model (ancient) and
I thought it might be nice to get an automatic kiln with a kiln
controller. The Skutt kilns seem to fit into my price range ($4000.00
CND) but i thought that i would ask for some advice before jumping in
and buying the wrong thing.