of the newer expensive burnout ovens have these built in, but some of us
aren’t millionaires yet and these run about $1500 for a new one and never
seen a used one for sale… Dave (not Gatineau)
I intentionally bought a separate oven and controller. When the oven wears
out (as they always do) I certainly hope the controller will still be
functional or vice/versa. I see no advantage to having a built in
controller other than saving space and it would also bother me subjecting
an electronic device to such heat.
I just looked in the Rio Grande catalog and they have a 20 amp one for as
little as $425. I haven’t used it so I can’t vouch for it. I purchased a 30
amp controller even though my current oven is 13 amps. This is so I won’t
have to buy another controller when I get a larger oven. I fused the outlet
from the controller down to 20 amps for safety sake.
However, you must make sure the oven you are going to connect a kiln
controller to has an adequate hole for the thermocouple to enter. If you
have a kiln with embedded elements and have to enlarge the hole, be very
careful. I ruined one that way and I will never use proprietary imbedded
For the record Dave, I would not be running a production shop if I were a
millionaire, or is it the other way around. Buying all of the equipment I
need and keeping everything up and running guarantees that will never
By the way, I browsed your graphic web site. I liked the deaf dog logo.
Keep up the good work.