i've found working with clay incredibly rewarding over this last year. as a mom of two special needs kids, and working a high stress level job, i love to the feel of touching cold clay. with little time i couldn't find a good solution to meet with a friend who would fire for me so i used some money just for me to buy my own kiln. i spent months learning (and still am) on how to form what i want with the clay itself, but the firing is now so easy. and there have been no mishaps yet! i liken myself to a stooge so my husband thought for sure i'd find a way to burn the house down but i haven't even come close! i don't buy anything for myself hardly ever but this was a great purchase. i did the electric, and i think the size is perfect for what i do. would recommend this kiln for anyone starting out or who does smaller pieces. i can verify it is as close to idiot proof as you can get. the instructions weren't awesome i'll admit, it took some time to figure them out, so i had a bit of an issue with the initial settings, but i never change them so once i figured that out it was all good.