Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
I am considering downsizing my kiln from Skutt 1027 to one size smaller. The ideal size for me would be the newer Skutt 1022, where I could easily reach the bottom of the kiln and still keep my feet solidly on the ground! However I would also love the ease that I've read LL has in changing elements although I've not ever used an LL, only read about them.
Anyone used both LL and Skutt? Preferences? Other kilns you really like? And on size, I've not found any others with the same size as Skutt's 1022, have I missed one?
I posted this originally in error at the front page where it says "what shall we talk about?" My comment didn't all post there so hopefully this is the right place for this discussion.
This is a good place to compare prices on the brands you're looking at.
You can message Niel Estrick, he is a member here, and a potter, works on all kilns, and sells L&L kilns. He knows his stuff when it comes to all things Kilns. Five years later, I can still email him with how to's and he always helps. My kiln was going to be shipped to me by someone so I had rather have a fellow potter make some extra cash instead of a web site.
Just my opinion
Having changed elements in both Skutt & L&L, purely from that standpoint it is L&L all the way. In fact, I got rid of my Skutt KM 818, kept the controller from it & bought an old L&L J18 & put the Skutt controller on it. Couldn't be more happy!!! It's not just the hard element holders for ease of changing, its the binding post as well. No more crimps!! Just wind the new element pigtails around the binding post & tighten down the nut. Good connections every time w/o worrying if the crimp is good. Just my $.02! jhp
Thanks Norm and Juli. I've researched many websites which is how I came up with my wish list for a kiln. Clay-King is a great place to order supplies that I can't get more locally here in Florida. I checked out Niel's website and enjoyed reading about him. (liked his humour in his 'about me' section)
Bennett pottery had the best kiln prices.... jhp
Thanks Jeff, I'm glad that someone who has used both confirms the ease of changing elements in an L&L. I do like my Skutt but dread the day I need to change the elements which may be soon.
Yes, Bennett had the best prices when I bought my Skutt many years ago. Wish L&L had that nice in between size. I don't want to give up so much space, just a few inches in height. So I'll be debating for some time yet.