A few years back I had bought this used Skutt KM 818.  It was in decent shape when I bought it but after changing the elements a few times, I started to have to use way too many element pins and the bottom & sides had had a few mishaps, so when I found this L&L J18 on our local wants ads, I snagged it up.  The only place this kiln looked worn is on the top, the inside was pristine!!!  So, I took the controller & S-TC out of the Skutt, took the manual controls off the L&L and combined them into one.  With a little ceramic fiber I put the S-TC where the kiln-sitter used to be & put lugs on the ends of the feeder wires so I could fasten them right onto the element posts on the L&L.  No more crimping for me!!! Vacuumed it out, did a test fire(the one I use to re-heat pots to re-glaze them) and it performed like a champ! Later, when I have to replace the elements, I can make them a little beefier since the Skutt controller was made to handle a little more......  So now I have an L&L and a LLutt and I'm lovin' it!!!  jhp

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Comment by Jeff Poulter on November 14, 2014 at 3:33pm

So the folks at L&L liked my story so well, that they sent me a mug as a way to thanks me for my continued support of their fine kilns.  You just can't beat the hard brick element holders!(well you can, but they hold up a 100 times better than soft brick!!!)  jhp

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