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AMACO built their first kiln in 1931 and since then, they have been striving to make the best quality kilns they can. AMACO kilns have become well-known for withstanding the test of time. Within the AMACO family, there are two distinct lines of kilns: the AMACO-branded kilns are rectangular and square kilns that are often called ‘refrigerator’ kilns because they are loaded through a front door, much like a fridge; the EXCEL line consists of top loading round kilns.
The rectangular AMACO kilns are extremely heavy-duty pieces of equipment, and often feature a build-in stainless-steel frame. This frame style is great because it ensures that your high-firing kiln is far off of the ground, and can provide additional storage space for kiln furniture. Front-loading kilns may also be easier to load for people with back problems. Additionally, because the metal sheath or ‘jacket’ that is placed around the kiln brick is often made of stainless steel panels (rather than flashing, which you see with many round/oval kilns), front-loading kilns can cool very slowly, making them a great addition to studios focused on crystalline glazes.
|Over 40 years ago, Olympic Kilns started manufacturing kilns in Seattle, Washington near the Olympic Mountains. Olympic Kilns moved in 1982 to Georgia to be near its raw materials, insulating firebrick, to eliminate excess costs both to the company and its customers. Today the company resides in Flowery Branch, Georgia, located 45 miles northeast of Atlanta and provides more models, styles and types of kilns than any other kiln manufacturer today. Today, as an industry leader in electric, gas and glass firing kilns for hobbyists, production artists and manufacturers of finished fired ware, Olympic Kilns continues to provide solid quality construction and consistent service.|