Amaco Square Kilns
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 built-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.