I am considering the purchase of a small (14" to 16") kiln for firing painted and/or stained pieces but that would also be suitable for glass fusing. I'd like to use 125V current. Does anyone have experience with or suggestions regarding small kilns.
I have a small Jen Ken that is a real workhorse. I have used it for about 8 years and it has never given me a day of trouble. I also have a large Jen Ken that I am very pleased with, so that's one person's input. :) Nonnie
Since you are in New Hampshire, is there a supplier of any manufacturer near you?
This is just an opinion, but nearly all of the mainstream manufaturers still in business make a good product. I personally use Evenheat, but they are in MI as am I.
Isn't Centre de verre up there near you? I would go look at them. See what is available. With just the most basic care, you should not have an issue with any of them. and some of the clamshell type kilns are a bit more handy than the top opening versions "of old";
I have had a 110 kiln, but found I had alot more than would fit in that size chamber more often than not, so I sold it and went up to the larger 220 v, 23 x 9 size kiln.
The best small kiln or large kiln I ever used is The Speed Burn by
Hoaf, cheap, and fast to fire, even fire over the whole kiln and
portable if you needed to take it with you. It uses propane.
I have used a lot of kilns in the last 55 years but this one
is the best by far.