I have done ceramics on and off for 14 years but always in a studio where the owners did the firing. I’m thinking of buying a used kiln and setting up a small studio for myself. THe sellers say it has only been used a couple times but they think it was made in 1995. Does anyone have experience with a kiln like this? Is it good? Is 10.000 SEK a reasonable price? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! It’s a big expenditure so it makes me nervous! Thank you!
CTL 75 is, basically, a "good" kiln…..not top of the line, but of decent quality. And, AFAIK spare elements are still available.
Some older examples though, may come with an ancient semi-automatic controlller, that makes no one happy. in the long run. Fitted with a more modern microprocessor controller, you've got a "good enough" combo…
If you ask me, the price is a bit on the high side though…..particularily as the condition of the elements is hard to determine (unknown)….. Check for the price of a new set of elements….just to get some perspective….
My "2 cents" on this…..🙂
The semi-automatic controllers are usually just as reliable as the operator….😉….when they "fail", it's most likely due to the human factor… These controllers require a certain amount of manual clocking and surveillance, which triggs the old law of "if a mistake could be done, it will happen, sooner or later"…..
That's the main reason for annoyance, plus the fact that you're not "free" during a major part of the firing….
Visually it looks to be in a good condition. The price asked for may be "ok", however we cannot judge the condition of the elements by eyes….which may generate an extra cost sooner than you'd expect…..or not….we simply don't know…
If you decrease the asked price with the costs of a set of elements, that wpuld be a "fair" price……that's how I think…but of course I'll leave that decision to you… Anything between that and the asked 10000:- would be "not too bad", after all…..
Particularily if you work with stoneware, a kiln's consumption of elements is something to take into economic consideration, likes the tyres of a car, etc….