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    I am setting up my own studio and am looking for some opinions. I am going to purchase a kiln and am trying to decide between an arrow springs A138 and a glass hive regular guy, anyone have anything to offer?
    Thanks,
    Pam

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    I own the AS kiln, and have never used the other, so I can't compare. I would definitely want a bead door in any kiln, and I like my kiln up on legs, so that the surface it is on doesn't overheat. I like encased elements to lower risk of harm. Those are features I would always look for. I have found the AS kiln to be a workhorse, I have also used it for silver clay, fusing, and boro (I usually work soft). I'm sure someone who owns Glass Hive will chime in.

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    Arrow Springs AF-99.

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    I use an Even Heat Kiln. (no digital controler)

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    check out some of the Jen Ken Kilns. http://jenkenkilns.com/beadsandlampworking.aspx they have a "new line of fiber kilns that can fire fast and are really light weight. http://jenkenkilns.com/ I don't know if they will put a bead door it these, We just got some and I can't wait to put them through the paces.
    I personally like my chili pepper for beads.
    When I fuse I use a jen ken 13 inch.
    I like a chili pepper because you can get sooo many beads in there.
    Yes I am spoiled to have 2 kilns one for fusing and one for beads. not to meantion a room full of kilns in the teaching studio at Wired Designs.
    Just thought I'd put my 2 cents in
    Sam

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    Pam, I have a glass hive, wide guy, and an AS1818. You are welcome to arrange a time to come see mine.

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    DH Amnon builds our kilns so my main issue is with the digital controller. I have had some that were so complicated I couldn't figure out how to program them. Make sure that the controller on whatever kiln you choose is user friendly so you can easily adjust schedules and add programs.
    Robyn

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