What kind of kiln do I need, and how large should it be?

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A kiln should have at least the following features:

  1. an "infinite" temperature control, meaning a knob that does not limit your choices of temperature to a few settings, but instead turns smoothly from minimum to maximum
  2. a chamber large enough for at least one crucible, preferably several if you have a lot of salts to whiten
  3. the ability to produce temperatures between 800 and 1200 degrees
  4. if at all possible, replaceable fire bricks, as eventually they do crack and crumble

I know that Paragon and Cress make good kilns, and Skutt seems popular too.