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- September 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm #9466
Does anybody know anything about the EvenHeat Studio Pro STP Kiln? Is it made with bricks or fiber?
I am just starting out and am trying to decide between an 8 in square kiln like the Evenheat or a 11 in, 6 sided one like a JenKen. Anybody have any thoughts?September 23, 2010 at 12:11 am #11728geodesiaParticipant
I don’t know about the EvenHeat but I have a JenKen which I’m happy with…but one thing to consider that’s not intuitive: the Jenken has a 10″ round shelf. This means you can’t get larger than a 7″ square on it. You can go longer if you have a narrow rectangle, but not all the way to 10″, of course. I’ve got some slumping molds I bought as a neophyte that I can’t use!
–Katherine T.September 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm #11729
The JenKen that I am looking at is the AF3P 11/4.5 for $530 + tax. They say it comes with a 9″ (must be round) kiln shelf. Is it hard to place the items into the JenKen because it loads from the top? The Evenheat opens from the top or you can lift the top and sides off to load it.
Thanks for your help.
Dale M.September 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm #11730geodesiaParticipant
Well, again, I’ve never worked with anything else. I usually just build on the shelf while it sits in the kiln. If your stuff is complex and you like to build at a worktable, then yes, it’s a bit tricky to then set the round shelf down in there, because you have little space for your fingers. Some kind of tool would help, I suppose. I bought a square shelf to use for that purpose, because it’s easy to set down in there, but it can only be about 7 inches square as mentioned.
Katherine T.October 4, 2010 at 11:25 am #11731petra kaiserParticipant
it is easy to load from the top. Nearly all my kilns load from the top. Have you seen Jen Ken Kiln’s all fiber kiln Bonnie Glow? Very fast and efficient. If you need any help, let me know.
petra kaiser – http://www.kaiserlee.com – Students Blog: http://www.myglassart.orOctober 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm #11732
Thanks to everone that responded about kilns. This is a great way to ask questions/get help and show off any creations. I have to make up my mind as to which kiln to buy. Thanks again.
DaleOctober 17, 2010 at 2:49 am #11733wordanaParticipant
I have two Paragon kilns, both which I love. The smaller one is a front loader, the larger is a top loader. With the front loader, it is nice to be able to just slide the kiln shelf in, but often I bump something on the way in and mess up the glass anyway. With the top loader, I definitely have to put the shelf in and then place the glass.
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