The hottest new thing in kilns (pardon the pun), is 22.5″ deep kilns. In just a few days, we will be receiving an order of ConeArt kilns, including their new Model BX2322, a 23″ wide, 22.5″ deep, 5.83 Cubic Foot, double-wall kiln with 3 zone control. We will be putting it out on our sales floor, so feel free to come in and take a look at it and see all of the great features of ConeArt kilns. Live to far to visit? Let me take a moment right here to tell you about ConeArt’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…
ConeArt 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 why David Sturm, Bracker’s kiln tech of 18 years, was so impressed by ConeArt.
“One of the first things that drew me to a Cone Art kiln is the 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 innovative 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 load 21″ platters, or wide and tall sculptures…”
“Speaking of 21″ platters, Cone Art’s double-walled kiln design not only allows for a significantly more efficient kiln, but does so without the loss of stackable space that we usually see with 3″ firebrick kilns. Yep, that means no more pinching your fingers to get that 21″ full shelf in the kiln…and the kiln’s stackable space is about 10% greater (on a 23″ diameter, 27″ deep kiln)…”
“But what about the firing performance, you ask? Cone Art Kilns have been designed to withstand the high demands of the production potter or school. 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 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…”
“One of the other things you may notice is that Cone Art kilns draw more amps than other kiln manufacturer’s standard kiln models at the same size. This is because Cone Art’s standard kiln models actually are comparable to other kiln manufacturer’s Heavy Duty or Production models. This means that while the Cone Art Kiln can deliver true cone 10 firings, it can also tackle low-fire and ^6 without any trouble at all…and do it up to 32% more efficiently than brick only kilns. Thats a savings you will DEFINITELY see in your electric bill!!”
Already In Love with this 23″ wide, 22.5″ deep, 5.83 Cubic Foot, double-wall kiln with 3 zone control? Get it now!
ConeArt Model BX2322 Retail price is $2900
Bracker’s special introductory price $2322
good through August 31, 2013
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 ConeArt Kilns so special:
Be sure to also check out this video of Frank Tucker himself describing all the kiln’s features: