Test Glazes

Although you can test glazes in any kiln that will fire your normal production work, many people who do this extensively choose a small kiln for this purpose. It is best to match the control type of the kiln you are testing in with the kiln you will be doing production work in. In any case, be sure to match the actual ramp rates and holds of the two kilns. It may be possible to fire faster in the test kiln but you want to program it so it mimics the program of the production kiln.

Challenges

Even with the same control options and the same schedules, the size of any kiln will alter how it fires. You wont be able to mimic loading pattern and it will be hard to get the same rate of ventilation. This being said, it is always smart to test any clay and glaze combination before using it on and entire kiln-load of work.

Kilns

Most testing goes on in a smaller kiln with the same control feature. Our doll/test kiln can be configured with any of our control options. For a slightly larger test kiln the E18 series kilns and the Liberty Belle are great options.

Recommended Kilns

The L&L Flagship Kiln: Six popular Easy-Fire models. Multi-Zone control. Sectional. Easy maintenance. Sizes from 2.5 to 10.2 cubic feet. Most models and voltages are Cone 10.
The perfect hobby kiln with a 12 foot long 30 amp cord for plugging into a dryer outlet. One-Touch Simple Control. Cone 10.
Small Kiln for Hobby Use and Glaze Testing. One-Touch or DynaTrol program controls. Various voltages and amp ratings.
Custom Configured and Designed for Industrial Applications