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Affordable Kiln Shelves

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Affordable Kiln Shelves

Postby Matthew900 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:47 pm

I'm new to working with a kiln and I need some advice on where to shop online for suplies and equipment. I was hoping someone could direct me to a low cost source for kiln shelves. I'm slumping and fusing bottle glass so they don't need to take too much weight, I need to get 2 more 20x20 inch shelves. Thanks!

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Re: Affordable Kiln Shelves

Postby Valerie Adams » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:59 pm

I've had inexpensive kiln shelves from a pottery store that were ok. You have to take a straight edge with you to make sure they're flat.
But my favorite shelves are the ones that Bullseye sells; flat, smooth, and perfect.

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Re: Affordable Kiln Shelves

Postby Bert Weiss » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:27 am

Take your straight edge to a salvage store that sells pizza stones. These are made of the identical material that kiln shelves are made from. Sometimes they are a bit thinner. Flat is king.

I once visited a factory that makes kiln shelves and kiln furniture. Next to the stacks of shelves were the stacks of pizza stones.

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Re: Affordable Kiln Shelves

Postby DonMcClennen » Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:48 am

I agree with Valerie, the Bullseye shelves are worth the investment!
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Re: Affordable Kiln Shelves

Postby Buttercup » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:33 pm

If weight is important, 25 mil (1 Inch) High Density Fibreboard is lightweight and inexpensive and can be cut to fit your kiln. I sheet will get you two shelves. Jen

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Re: Affordable Kiln Shelves

Postby Peter Angel » Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:00 pm

You can also use a glazed ceramic tile with a piece of thin fibre paper over the glazing.

They're very smooth, very flat and can take glass slumping/fusing temperatures easily.

They're also very cheap. In Australia we have a hardware chain called Bunnings that sell large tiles for $2.30 each. I'm sure you have a similar chain locally.

The only thing is don't fire up or down faster than 100C/hr and they will last a very long time.

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