A Glass Fusing Kiln - Types of Kilns and Buying GuidelinesWine Bottle Slumping, Frances Osborne Austin TX

By G. Smitty | Submitted On May 22, 2010

There are different types of kilns to facilitate any task you might have. A glass-fusing kiln is very important if you are a jeweler. It helps you to fuse together several glass pieces and makes your work easier. Glass kilns are available in different sizes and shapes. You can freely select among the small kilns, medium kilns and large kilns.

• Small glass kilns- this type of an oven is cheap because of its small size. It is very practical for a leisure time jeweler. The Paragon SC2 is a good example of a small glass oven.
• Medium glass kilns- this kiln type allows you to do both kiln fusing and slumping. Its chamber is big in size and you only have to plug it in.
• Large glass kilns- this type is for manufacture of big glass pieces. It requires enough electricity supply and a big storage space. You should buy this kiln if you do large scale glass fusing.

You are probably searching for the most useful glass-fusing kiln in the market. Make sure to conduct thorough research to know the model you want. The following tips and ideas will guide you through the shopping exercise:

• Buy a pyrometer- you cannot do glass fusing art without a pyrometer. It is a gadget used to measure the interior temperatures of a kiln. It tells you how hot the air inside the kiln is. A pyrometer does not measure the glass temperature. However it gives you a broader idea of what exactly is occurring to your glass. Some kilns reach the maximum temperature range very fast and others are slightly slow.
• A kiln window- if you do not have a gadget such as a pyrometer to ascertain how the heat changes your glass, buy a kiln with a window. You can always open the window and take a look inside.
• A kiln shelf- this is not mandatory but you can easily achieve good results if your kiln has it. A shelf is imperative because it allows free air circulation. You should place your glass items on the shelf and posts for best results.
• Digital controls- many of the fusing kilns you can find have digital knobs for control. These controls can be used by anybody. You should turn the knobs as you observe the effects on your glass. This is an interesting feature especially if your kiln has a window and a pyrometer.
• Compare prices- you have two options when buying a glass kiln. You can purchase a completely new kiln or a used kiln. Each of the kilns is priced differently. Generally, glass kilns are expensive but you are likely to control your budget if you do prior research. Use the Internet facility to find the cheapest ovens in the market.

• A warranty- you should never accept to pay for a kiln without a warranty. As aforementioned, kilns are expensive equipments. You do not want to buy a gadget and start repairing it personally.
• Accessories- a good glass-fusing kiln will function better with extra accessories. You do not have to buy these add-on elements. However when you buy them, you will be happier with your kiln's high performance.

G. Smitty is a writer who loves to discuss many topics ranging from wood kilns [] to professional basketball. Thanks for reading!

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