SHOULD YOU FIRE YOUR PMC?
We recommend getting a kiln as the ONLY viable solution
for firing your PMC & Glass. Let's face it, even if you shell out the bucks
to buy one of the less expensive products, you are going to love PMC and
Glass, so just bite the bullet and buy the darn kiln now instead of wasting
your money (and time) on one of the other options which are really not good
to begin with.
|TORCH - eh
||A small butane torch is an easy way to fire PMC+ and PMC3
and is inexpensive. However, it is labor intensive and you can only fire one
piece at a time. In addition, you cannot fire PMC3 with embedded glass this
way. It's not a bad way to start out but we don't recommend this as your
long term solution. Approx. Retail Price: $50
|HOTPOT - NO
||I no longer sell or recommend the HotPot but only because we
experienced a high instance of cracking during shipping or first firing. I
loved this thing but.... it it can't get there from here...
|SPEEDCONE(TM) FIRING SYSTEM - NO
||A fiber cone sits on top of a
propane tank (small or large) and fires several pieces just like the hot
pot. It's a little scarier than the HotPot. Personally I don't think this is
worth using. It smells and you can only fire a few pieces at a time. I found
the pieces fired were brittle after extensive testing. I would not recommend
this product. Approx. Retail Price: $150.00.
Microwave Kiln - Definitely NOT
|A lawsuit waiting to happen. We will not recommend OR sell
this product. We spoke extensively to the manufacturer of this product down
in Brazil before deciding NOT to carry it. They would not give us a straight
answer about legal coverage in case of a customer accident nor about
testing. It's a very alluring product and brings firing PMC and Glass to
everyone but the risk is just not worth it. About $75.00
|KILN - BINGO
||In the long run, a kiln is the best way to go. No open
flame, fires all types of PMC with inclusions plus ceramics, enameling and
glass. More expensive but worth the investment if you are really 'into' PMC.
Price Range: $300 - $1200 depending on model. Call or email for advice.