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    Default I\'m looking for a kiln also

    I am looking for a used kiln or a reasonable priced one. If I don't get one soon I am going to have to stop lampworking. You see I need more glass and I cann't sell anything till I get a kiln.

    PLEASE HELP
    Laura

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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    There are occasionally, but rarely, used kilns available. Have you considered that a good basic bead annealing kiln can be had new for less than $300? The only reason I mention it is because used kilns are frequently more expensive than that.

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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    as much as I hate to say it, it sounds like it's time to whip out the credit card and buy a kiln. just like any hobby or business, you have to shell out to begin with. i've had to put torches, glass and a kiln on my CC but i've been able to sell beads to pay off the purchases.

    that said, maybe someone will have a good used kiln here for sale...ya never know...

    good luck
    donner
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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    The only ones that I have found have a price rangeof about $750.
    I think I am looking in the wrong place.

    Where can you get one for $300

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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    Hi Donner

    CC got us into truble a few years ago and I have never used them since.


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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    LauraAlice

    check out this link. Basic small kiln starts at $290. Mind you, it IS basic, but it will anneal a lot of beads. You can add a digital controller to it later when you are more affluent.

    You will need to add an inexpensive pyrometer to it to monitor the temperature, and I think that's about $70. There may be less expensive ones around.

    Vince

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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    Arrow Springs has pyro for $50. I recently purchased one from them.

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    So they do. However it is the small dial one. For $19 more I'd prefer the larger one from Sundance. Still, if one is on a budget, $19, is $19. Could help with kiln shipping costs.

    Vince

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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    DON'T STOP LAMPWORKING!! Beg, borrow, or steal the money to buy a kiln, new or used! I don't even want to think about what I put on credit cards to get this business (sort of) up and rolling, but, while I haven't paid it all back yet, I have reached the level now where I buy glass on my debit rather than my credit cards. I've lived without a heat controller for more than two years now, and while I'm not the happiest beadmaker in the world without one, I manage to get my beads well-annealed (but I don't sleep much, since I work late into the night anyway, and then I have to babysit the kiln as I ramp down until my surrogate babysitter (the appliance timer) takes over to shut it off...

    Your minimum needs--kiln, infinite heat control switch, pyrometer. All that cost me around, er, $500 I think, from Sundance? (I forget exactly--correct me Vince, if I'm wrong. I think the kiln itself was about $400 with infinite heat switch?) But I sprung for the $80 pyrometer and some accessories you could live without.

    Borrow money from your friends if you need to. Steal an idea I used two years ago, when I was so broke I couldn't get my car fixed. Write to 20 friends and ask them each for a $10 gift or loan. Worked a charm for me! I sent most of them beads in return, and everyone was happy...

    Margi

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    Default Re: I\'m looking for a kiln also

    Several retailers (jewelry supply) sell kilns suitable to annealing on e-bay.com...

    Search 'kiln' or 'burn out oven'...

    I got one with infinite controller for $320 brand new.

    Dale

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