HT oven choices

Absinthe

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SWMBO has agreed that we need a kiln/HT oven.

However neither of us knows what features to look for.

She would like to be able to fire some pottery. I would like to be able to HT some different metals.

Any suggestions on brands or models? Or at least what do I look for in controls?
 

Edwardshandmadeknives

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I really like my Paragon. Got it from USA Knifemaker. I don’t recall what the model is, it’s an 18” one with the keypad. Had instructions inside to set it to fire pottery too. I haven’t tried pottery in it yet, but I do have some clay in my garage I was going to try this summer. Wait time to get one is a lot better than the evenheat ones. Took about three weeks I think.
 

tkroenlein

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Kinda depends on the pottery. A regular horizontal "knifemaker" oven would be about the unhandiest thing in the world for pottery I'd imagine. A vertical oven like a Jen Ken heat bath might be better.
 

VeraX Knives

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You can use any knife oven for firing pottery. Do research on pyrometric cones. Temperature charts, etc. Should be possible, but remember the safety with pottery and glazes.
 

VeraX Knives

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I really like my Paragon. Got it from USA Knifemaker. I don’t recall what the model is, it’s an 18” one with the keypad. Had instructions inside to set it to fire pottery too. I haven’t tried pottery in it yet, but I do have some clay in my garage I was going to try this summer. Wait time to get one is a lot better than the evenheat ones. Took about three weeks I think.
He's right about the wait time. My KO 22.5 was backordered for months. Double post - sorry.
 

KenH

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For pottery I'd think the vertical JenJen ovens would be best. I don't have the JenJen but from looking at them at Blade I think that would be my choice if I didn't already have an oven.
 
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