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grahamf265
21-03-2010, 05:38 PM
Hi,

I'm at newbie at this and am looking at getting a kiln and would like to know what are the key features to look for...? and what makes etc...?

Many thanks
Graham

toppotter
21-03-2010, 10:14 PM
Hi Graham

Firstly I do sell kilns, Nabertherm and Rohde (both German companies).

Personally speaking I like a kiln:

1) that has solid state relay which is free from wear unlike the old style solenoid contactors

2) energy and money saving insulation materials in its construction

3) well constructed motar free brick lids

4) a flexible and well specified controller as standard

5) an air inlet and offset air outlet

and on a very personal note I like a top loader rather than a front loader beacause they are a little cheaper and I feel easier to load to get the maximum out of each firing.

If you want further details send me a message

regards

Robin robin@toppot.co.uk

gz.
22-03-2010, 04:01 PM
Join your local potters society, talk to other potters near you (I can't see where you are so can't recommend) Ask if you can be there when they fire next. Most potters will be very helpful as they know what they went through to learn things.
There is also an online forum based in the USA but with members worldwide and they are very good at helping newbies.
Sorry I can't post a link- not enough posts yet...but it starts with clay....