I have been enameling for over 24 years and worked with various brands of kilns. I began teaching enameling in 2000 upon retuning to the Continental US. Visiting schools to teach workshops was a good way to see many brands of kilns, how they worked and how they hold up.
From my experience I saw many that wobbled when opening and closing the door or a latch that had to be pushed hard to close the door. On some the hinge and latch deteriorated quickly. I have seen kilns spike in temperature and destroy an artist’s work. In searching for a small kiln that I could move around easily, I bought several. But I still could not find one to do the job as stated or did not wobble, etc.
Twenty four years ago I had a couple of gentlemen build my long time and most important tool in the studio. It has lived in the US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, and back to the US. Once back to the US it has been moved to 5 different locations. Well traveled, and still works perfect with not one visit for repairs.
The hinges are original and the latching system again is completely intact. And it has never spiked or stopped working. After four years of asking these gentlemen, they agreed to build a small version of my original kiln. And it is built in the US. —The Patsy Croft Kiln.
With our small fire box of 5″ x 5″ x 5″ and an over all exterior size of 10″ x 10″ x 16″ it can sit on a kitchen counter if you do not have a studio. With 1560 watts, 13 Amps and 120 Volts it can be plugged into a standard outlet. In my moving my studio 12-13 times I loved to be able to arrive in a new location and just plug her in and get started.
And that is exactly what you can do. The kiln fires to enameling temperature in 5 minutes. If you want to enamel after arriving home from a day job, in 5 minutes you are ready to play. For me there are times I just want to fire up the kiln and test a few colors and not have to wait an hour or so.
The 55F-Ip is perfect!
Elements that are not embedded. You can change them if you ever need to.
In fact the hinges are so tight, I have been enameling in the first one we built for two years and have not latched the door. I can peek in to check my work and close it with minimum heat loss.
We are happy to change the door swing or window direction upon request. Or build you a larger kiln!