I’ve been having trouble with my kilns lately and I’ve actually replaced one of them entirely with a new one. My smallest Rhode Kiln has been swapped in for a shiny new Kittec Kiln. It’s volumetric size is much bigger which will be an advantage coming into the busy winter season!
I hate to say this but it’s a bit nerve wracking getting a new kiln. They’re a tool that’s actually quite instrumental to the process of making pottery. Prior to getting my new Kittec Kiln I hadn’t realised just how much of an effect a kiln can have on the finished piece.
Kittec vs. Rhode kilns
The Rhode kilns I have were starting to get wider and wider in diameter. In the limited space I have available this was starting to become a bit of an issue. The Kittec kiln is narrower and has a better airflow inside despite not having a bottom air flow vent. The narrower shape is also better for loading as the wide shelves of the Rhode are just so heavy!
The key difference between the Rhode and Kittec Kiln is actually the insulation bricks. It’s noticeable that the Kittec has a slower cooldown cycle and it’s still very hot the next day. This is actually beneficial to the glazes settling on the pots and the airflow inside creates a more consistent look for the glazes rather than having ‘hotspots’ like the Rhode Kilns do.
I’ll confess I’m so impressed I’m thinking about switching all my kilns to Kittec. Just for reference this one is part of the Studio Line collection of kilns and comes in multiple parts for assembling. Assembling it is a little tricky since it consists of two elements – one in the bottom half and one in the top half. Once you have the two halves lined up though it’s ready to go!