After unpacking your Kiln, there are many more features to learn and to put in places. The house must cater to the needs of the Kiln. Here are the features you should know after buying a Kiln.
Controls the areas of your kiln separately so you get back at heating up from top to bottom. Typically zone control is a nice function. It does typically cause the kiln to fire more slowly, which is fine for many people because slow shooting is better. The only genuine tradeoff is that you have three thermocouples instead of 1. So that is three more that can break (it is a great idea to have an extra handy), and likewise, you have to prevent them when stacking your racks.
A vent is essential if you are firing in an attached garage or other area linked to a home. The fumes from firing are not enjoyable or safe. Even if your kiln remains in a separate location, vents assist even out the temperature, bring a great deal of oxygen to encourage good color advancement, keep colors from affecting close-by colors, permit you to bisque fire without propping the lid at the beginning to let the steam out, and vent the optimum amount of carbon away during the bisque shooting, which permits less glaze defects. As you can see, a kiln vent is an excellent idea for a lot of kilns.
The shelves and posts that hold your ware. They are best purchased with your kiln because they have to ship by truck and there are minimum truck shipping charges. If you buy racks by themselves they will cost a minimum of $150 approximately to ship. Check out more about Kiln Furniture (to be connected) here. Other products are sometimes referred to ask kiln furnishings as well, such as plate and tile shooting racks, and stilts. These can be ordered at any time. You can discover these products here.
Make certain the kiln size suits your requirements. A small kiln is great if you make dolls, jewelry, or little items. If you make pots, plates, bowls, etc. (especially if you throw which is quicker than handbuilding) a minimum of 5 cubic feet is recommended. The most common size is 7 cubic feet.
Much of the manual kilns and some electronic ones can be expanded by adding wired or blank rings to increase the firing capability. This can be extremely convenient. Optimum shooting temperature levels may be decreased in this arrangement, so check out carefully. Sectional kilns are also much easier to move around, and they can be stacked over a large sculpture that is difficult to move.
Some kilns come with an option for a 3″ thick firebrick, somewhat thicker and more insulative than normal. This enables the kiln to reach hot temperature levels more quickly (Cone 5 and above), and likewise causes the kiln to cool more gradually which benefits glaze development.
The taller the kiln, the harder to reach in to fill shelves and wares. Look for this especially when including blank rings to increase capability.