I've been doing some looking around on the internet and I found a lot of basic kiln critiques, made by kiln owners, that you didn't mention or even suggest. This information could be helpful to lampworkers who are thinking about purchasing a kiln. Hmmmm, I'm wondering what you are doing, Bear? I guess it just proves that you can put lipstick on a dog, but you'll still get a dog!
Below are some postings I've found that might be useful for lampworkers. I'm still working on finding good information on fusing kilns.