Pros’ Cons on Jen-Ken Pro-Fusion Lite 16 Kiln Top Elements Only
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- April 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm #10128debz48Participant
We are considering purchasing a new kiln. Looking at the ProFusion Lite 16 Kiln by Jen-Ken. This one seems ideal, the size seems good and it’s light weight and portable. We will be fusing and slumping mostly bowls and plates.
Since this kiln has only top elements, so the question is, can you create the same pieces with just the top element as easily and as good as the side and top element kiln? I heard that the Colour de Verre molds (frit) are problematic in this kiln. Is this any indication that it will be problematic with fusing and slumping glass as well? Any other pros and cons are welcome.
DebbieApril 2, 2014 at 3:03 am #13317wordanaParticipant
I view the “top element/side element” argument as a recommendation, but not the absolute Word. I have a Paragon Fusion 14 with top elements only, and it fuses wonderfully. The only issue I have is that with a 14″ fire brick kiln, running on 120V, it has difficulty getting up to high-temp firing temps quickly (e.g., pot melts, combings). But it works great with regular fusing, slumps, etc. I even (quite successfully) do drops in the kiln where the glass is probably only 1″, if that, from the elements.
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsApril 3, 2014 at 1:38 am #13318debz48Participant
Thank you for your reply. I think i will go ahead and buy a 16×16 top element kiln. Looks as if you can do anything with the kiln i am interested in. Am i right here on the assumption that a ceramic fiber kiln, does not spend its time heating up the side walls, as does a brick kiln. In which case more heat would be directed into the glass. I have read that top elements are better for slumps and fusing. Once i have some experience with the kiln I will post my findings on here.
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