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We use Skutt 1027 electric kilns. We have one with a computer controler
ramping system and one with out a computer controller. The computer
controler makes firing the kiln extremely simple. You just plug in the
figures and walk away vs. firing a kiln with just turning up switches.
So if you can, purchase a kiln with a computer controler.
Bending over and loading pieces down into the kiln is a bit of a problem
for me. I use a step stool and that helps.
I would also suggest you purchase 1/2 shelves. There are many times when
you are loading a kiln that half shelves come in handy. You can pack a much
tighter kiln when you use half shelves.
Recycling clay by hand can cause a form of repetitive stress syndrome which
can cause permanent damage to your hands. If you are recycling a lot of
clay for students consider getting the students to pitch in on the process
or get a pugmill.
Studio One Art Center