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AVTrout 2017-09-20 7:07am

Quick Kiln Question
Why would one want a fiber top on the inside of a kiln vs. the regular top that Paragon puts on? Buying a new kiln and want to make sure I get the right setup.

artsyuno 2017-09-28 12:13pm

Fiber kilns weigh a lot less. Someone might want one for portability, I suppose. If that's not an issue, I'd go with brick. They hold heat far better.

notrhydon 2017-09-28 12:48pm

I've got a chilipepper which is fiber all around. I really enjoy it because sometimes I need to travel with my set-up and I make almost exclusively marbles, marbles don't roll on fiber!

fionac 2017-09-29 7:16am

Brick cracks eventually and sprinkles dust, chips onto your pieces. Seems to be worse with top loaders. I have a GL18 with fibre top and Ovation with brick, fibre wins hand down ...

ohbeads 2017-10-17 3:09pm

I've had a brick kiln for years, dad has used a brick kiln for about as long as I've been alive. My sister and my mom both had or have brick kilns. I've never had dust or chips from bricks fall into my glass work. I've never known anyone tho complain about debris falling into their glass work. Cracked bricks can be repaired or replaced. I've also used fiber blankets to cool hot glass when working away from home. No problems with fiber blankets either... YMMV :grin:

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