I am looking to purchase a kiln to fire glass painting. It's not something I have much experience in beyond a short course where I learnt about glass paints and stains, various painting techniques. But the course leader did all the firing and I didn't actually get to see the type of kiln they use.
I am only looking to do small amounts of firing as a hobby right now, but the question I have is whether I am better to get a top loading kiln or a side loading kiln with shelves.
These are the two options I am considering:
top loading: http://www.creativeg...g-kiln-kilncare
side loading: http://www.creativeg...inting-kiln-sg2
The top loading kiln has good reviews but the side loading one doesn't have any for me to read.
From the bits of research I have done I think the top loading kiln will give a more even heat distribution, and it can have one shelf, but it won't have the same capacity as the side loading one which is only slightly more expensive. I'm also not sure how easy it is to drop the glass pieces in being top loading?!
The side loading one has four shelves and looks like it would be easier to load, but I read I would have to rotate the shelves during firing to ensure even heating. I'm guessing you probably shouldn't just leave a kiln to do it's thing, but having to rotate shelves sounds like a bind?!
Does anyone have any advice as to which one might be a more practical buy for a novice?