We replaced an old manual kiln with a Skutt automatic last fall...I
honestly thought that the automatic was going to be a bit extravagant...but
from the advice of a friend (who also let me in on this list serve!) I
asked for the automatic; WOW! Its really been a load off..no pun intended!
About the down draft, the states each differ on venting regulations, in
Wisconsin the down draft and hood vents do not pass code, infact we had to
redo the existing vents system..I guess WI code only allows for vertical
vents without any bends...soooo I suggest you check with your engineering
>Hi You All,
>I need some advise on getting a kiln. The only other one I had was 16 years
>ago and was a manual. I'm looking at Skutt kilns. What do you think? Also
>wouldn't an automatic kiln be better or have you had trouble with them ?
>Third , there is a new kind of vent that is under the kiln called "downdraft
>ventilation system". Has anyone used this vent and do you think it works well?
>Thanks for your help! Gail