The hottest new thing in kilns (pardon the pun), is this square kiln from Cone Art. This top loader comes with all the standard features that set Cone Art apart: heavy duty floor element, double wall design, patented lid lifter system, multi zone control, and over sized swing out control panel. This kiln will easily fire to cone 10 and gives you a full 8.4 cft of stacking space. Not all pots are round…..and all kilns shouldn’t be either. We’re excited to announce that we will soon have one on our sales floor for you to see for yourself!
Live to far to visit? Let me take a moment right here to tell you about Cone Art’s line of kilns and their quality. In 1982 Frank Tucker, of Tucker’s Pottery Supplies Inc., started Cone Art Kilns. The mission of Cone Art Kilns was to build high quality, electric kilns that were designed to fire efficiently even up to high temperatures. First, the down and dirty details…
Cone Art Kilns feature:
- All stainless steel jacket and fittings.
- Floor elements standard in all pottery kilns
- Sectional design for easy installation.
- Bartlett controller for precise,even firings time after time.
- Double wall construction consisting of 2.5″ insulating firebrick plus 1″ of block insulation. This wall profile saves 32% on your power bill, over brick only kilns.
- Heavy duty heating elements for longer element life.
Intrigued? Read on to find out how David Sturm, Bracker’s kiln tech of 20 years, had his mind completely blown by this square kiln.
“For years I’ve been dubious of the efficacy of square kilns. They are notorious for cool spots and uneven firing. If any company would be able to change my mind, I knew it would be Cone Art. In addition to high-efficiency insulation, Cone Art only uses thick-gauge, high quality Kanthal A1 element wire in their kilns. The elements are spaced in the kiln in such a way as to take advantage of the natural heat-flow within a kiln, with wide element channels to keep the elements from overheating. Floor elements help keep the firings even from the center of the kiln to the outside wall, while the standard multi-zone Bartlett controller helps keep the kiln firing even from bottom-to-top. With these high-quality features, even a square kiln can fire evenly, as seen here:”
“Of course this new square kiln from Cone Art also features their innovative lid hinge design. Most top-loading kilns use a standard hinge, which means that if you have a 23″ diameter lid on a 3 section kiln, you have to reach all the way up to 5′ 2″ above the floor to open or close the lid. This is quite a challenge for many of the school teachers and potters that I have run into. Additionally, once open, the entire weight of the lid is typically held by the hinge pin and plate only. This can become an unstable and wobbly lid as a kiln ages. Cone Art’s lid hinge design not only makes opening the lid easy, but also supports the weight of the open lid with the full kiln body; yet still opens enough to easily load wide and tall sculptures..
“Speaking of wide and tall sculptures, this square design utilizes 21″ X 21″ shelves,
which allows for more overall stacking space versus kilns of similar diameter and depth. For instance, a typical 27″ deep and 23″ wide multisided kiln provides 6.4 cubic feet of firing space while this new square Cone Art provides 8.4 cubic feet of firing space. And as in all Cone Art kilns, the double-walled kiln design also increases the stacking space over most 3″ firebrick kilns. Plus that extra efficiency packs a punch with 32% savings on your energy bill!”
Already In Love with this 23″ square, double-wall kiln with 3 zone control? Get it now!
Cone Art Model BX2322 Retail price is $3900
Bracker’s special introductory price $3100
good through December 31, 2014
need a different size? Click here to see all of our ConeArt Kilns
Still want to know more? Take a look at the images in the gallery below to see all the details of what makes ALL Cone Art Kilns so special:
- Thick-gauge, high temp wire and connectors throughout the control pannel
- Brick layers are banded together to reduce shifting and add structural strength
- Wide element grooves to allow efficient heating without overheating the element
- Full-depth ceramic pass-through sleeves protect the brick from element damage.
- Floor element promotes even heat distribution
- Peep hole covers rotate out of the way when needed, without any separate plug to break or lose
- 3 zone control thermocouples (type K shown here), standard on all 3 zone kilns
- Floor element promotes even heat distribution
- Power cord ready for shutoff box installation. A NEMA 6-50P plug can be easily added to the end of the cord by the end user.
- Lid opens to a stable position, with plenty of room to load large platters or sculptures
- Heavy Duty lid arms hold lid securely without wobbling
- Innovative hinge design helps opens lid down-and-away, reducing the height of the open lid
- True Heavy-Duty hinge construction for many years of worry-free use
- Angled control pannel for ease of view and use
- Well ventilated control pannel keeps the computer controller and components cool during firings.
- Integrated control panel hinge, wire bundling, and clear labeling make maintenance easy
Be sure to also check out this video of Frank Tucker himself describing all the kiln’s features: