The depth of the kiln questions depends on how much and how big you want to
A 24" deep kiln is very serviceable and holds quite a bit. At school I have a
27" Skutt and I don't like reaching down to the bottom to stack or draw ware,
but the extra size allows me to fire a lot of stuff in each firing. Kiln
shelves are heavy! The diameter or size of the kiln determines the weight of
a full shelf. Consider half shelves. They allow flexibility in stacking
the kiln and weigh half a much. You just need more of them.
I don't know much about the new electronic kiln sitters. The basic Dawson
kiln sitter that uses a junior cone and time limit control is very basic,
simple and functional. A pyrometer is a nice added feature that lets you see
the rise in temperature and gives you approximently where you are.
A pug mill is nice if you are using lot's of clay and plan to do a lot of
recycling. They are expensive and unless you use it often it won't pay for
itself. Reclaiming clay in five gallon buckets, and then spreading the slip
on large drying bats seems to work well for us though a pug mill would be nice
I can think of other things I would rather spend $2000 + on.
Hope this helps
Bill in New Hampshire
The best damp boxes I've found are old (non working) refrigerators or better
yet old upright freezers. They are airtight, have good shelving, and are