Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Kiln

I Love My Little Kiln

We get along quite nicely. She is small but useful.

The size of my kiln does limit what I can create, but I get a lot of use out of it. When I purchased this kiln, I planned to use it to fire my little clay houses and other accessories. It has plenty of space for that plus more. I also use it to fire small bowls, ornaments, and other small items that I sell from my Etsy shop. You can see how big it is inside in the photo below.

There are many times that I wish that I had a larger kiln so I could fire larger things and fit more layers, but I can fill it with a variety of bowls, houses, hearts, trays. If I am careful, I can get quite a few things in there and fire a load overnight. And because it is a small kiln, it really doesn't use a lot of electricity. A little larger one would be great to have, but this one works for me.

What I love the most about my little kiln is the automatic timer. After having this feature on this kiln, I could never go back to having to change the temperature manually. Well, I could, but I wouldn't want to! It is so easy to just set it in the evening and unload the kiln the next morning.

Type of Kiln
I use a Paragon Xpress with a kiln sitter.

I keep my little kiln in the garage. It only a requires 120V plug that we had an electrician add next to our electric panel in the garage.

Next Size Up:
I just did a search for this model and apparently, it is not available anymore. If you are in the market for a little kiln, look for ones that are 120V. But I would get the next size up. On the Clay King Website I see one that is similar to mine but slightly larger. You can see it here: Paragon Express 66, found here on the Clay King Website.    It is 240V, so you would need to have the proper wiring installed.
Obviously, you would want to do your research on the different sizes that are available, based on your needs.

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