I have bought an ex school Kiln , and from e-bay. I was saying in my earlier post about the trouble with e-bay and people wanting top dollar for kilns, had priced me out of most of the biding on the site. But last week I spotted an ex school kiln with a starting bid of a £100.00 pounds and with two days to go and no bids. The kiln was not very well photographed, in that it missed out on a lot of the finer detail of the inside of the kiln. The description was none existent on the item, only giving basic details of “school kiln”. It was described as three-phase, which I knew would put a lot of people off as it would be expensive to get it plugged in. So why have I bought it! A few reasons really, one being that I was contemplating building a gas-fired kiln which would have taken more money and time. Also my friend jim who lives only three fields away in Chesterfield from where I have purchased the kiln is an electrician and potter. So I have two possible paths to go down, in that I could get it wired in or I could get it turned into a gas kiln. That last bit is a bit spooky, in that my friend had talked with me at his home in Chesterfield at great length on the possibilities of getting a kiln or building one. Then one turns up three fields away from where he lives and goes walking on his sunday walks. “Wait and it will come” said my friend,and it has! I got it at a very good price Of £100.00 pounds. I should have up to date photography’s soon which I will post very soon. Here is the image from e-bay of the outside of the kiln which was followed with another one of the inside. What a difference a couple of days make, just have to get it from Chesterfield now.
I have for some time been contemplating getting a kiln. I suppose like most people I have explored lots of possibilities of building or purchasing a kiln. My journey has been full of dead ends. On line sites like gum tree and e-bay are great place for viewing the different goods on offer and getting an idea of price, but no good at real bargains any more I feel. I think there is no amount of people who will bid on a given item like kilns and in the process get caught up in the bidding feeding frenzy. Top dollar and full whack they go for, time after time. Transportation and place are two other factors that come into the mix of getting a kiln and end up pushing up the price. But as I speak I have just seen a kiln on e-bay which fits the bill of bargain corner and is close to home. I might have to eat my words here! But there is still three days to go and usually the price rockets through the roof. As you can see I am still keeping my door open to every possibilities, but I feel that I am going down the road of building a gas-fired kiln, using methods from Joe finch.and a good friend of mine jim Simpson in kiln building.