Dale, It is good that you are searching for answers. When I started my current teaching positions the previous art teacher had just purchased a very high power electric kiln. It has all the bells and whistles. The only problem our schools outdated electrical wiring system doesn't have enough power to fire the kiln to its full potential. It has the capacity to get to 2300 degrees, but I can't get it to fire pass 2100 degree before it shuts itself off and it take a day to do that. So we do low fire.
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Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 1:57 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Kilns and suppliers
My principal told me yesterday that I should buy a new kiln. I have to pick one out immediately because our new building is being wired this coming week and I need to tell them right away (Monday or Tuesday!) what wiring and ducting I need. I know very little about kilns so I've been searching on the Internet. (Our library here in my small town is miniscule.)
I found a dealer called All Fired Up out of Charlotte, NC who ships to Tennessee. The prices look incredible. Has anyone dealt with this company? The site says they have been operating for 25 years.
I have 630 students this year, K-8. I want to have a kiln capacity to get their work fired quickly. Do any of you have recommendations for kilns, including size (volume as well as number of sides?).