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    Paragon Kiln - Bluebird XL

    $1,883.52 USD
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    Product description

    Model: Paragon Bluebird XL
    Dimensions Inside: 20" (width) x 8" (depth) X 4.5" (height)
    Dimensions Outside: 29" (width) x 20" (depth) x 17" (height)
    Elements: Top Element
    Max Temp: Fires to 1500° F 
    Voltage: 120 volts 
    Amperage: 14 amps 
    Watts: 1700 watts 
    Receptacle: 5-15R
    Shipping Weight: 90#  (freight)


    Includes:

    • Sentinel Mini Touchscreen Controller
    • 2 Doors that are 3 1/2” x 10” and mounted in a 4 1/4” high opening. 
    • Doors are 2" thick ceramic fiber (the old doors were 1" thick)
    • Continuous "piano" hinges
    • Ceramic fiber vacuum-formed top with "wavy" elements that will last longer than the previous ones
    • Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open or closed
    • Mandrel holders with 20 slots are held with magnets instead of screws
    • Stainless steel control panel
    • 8” deep firing chamber (measured with doors closed)
    • Firebrick roof, walls, and floor
    • Pinless element grooves in the roof
    • Coated firebricks in roof
    • Mar-proof plastic feet
    • On-off safety switch
    • 1-Year Limited Warranty (Refer to manufacturer's warranty)

    The Paragon BlueBird XL kiln has a new and improved ceramic fiber roof, thicker doors with new gaskets, heavier mandrel holders, and a stainless steel control panel.

    The Paragon BlueBird XL kiln is a dream kiln for the glass bead enthusiast. This 20” wide, 8” deep kiln safely anneals glass to prevent breakage during cooling. With your own Paragon annealing kiln, you will never again worry about stress fractures in your glass.

    The kiln opens doorways of opportunity in beadmaking. The 10” wide double doors give a total of 20” width for inserting bead rods. 

    The user-friendly Genesis Mini Touch Screen Controller maintains the annealing temperature. Program it for the length of time desired. Adjust the cooling rate through the annealing range. The controller is packed with features but is so easy to use that your child could program it.


    Improved Ceramic Fiber Firing Chamber

    The Paragon BlueBird XL kiln features new sinusoidal “wavy” elements, which are embedded close to the inner surface of the high-tech, vacuum-formed ceramic fiber top. This is an improvement over our earlier embedded coiled elements because the “wavy” elements are mounted closer to the surface. This enables the elements to radiate heat faster for longer element life. The ceramic fiber top reduces dust inside the kiln.


    Improved Double Doors with Gaskets

    Both doors are 3 1/2” x 10” and mounted in a 4 1/4” high opening. The 3/4” gap under the doors is filled by flexible, high-temperature door gaskets, which help to hold in heat. The 2” thick ceramic fiber doors are twice the thickness of our original doors. The hinges are continuous across the top for extra longevity.


    Bead Mandrel Holders

    The kiln comes with a single and a double mandrel holder. The single holder supports rods or mandrels from one point; the double cradles the rods at two points. The holders are held by magnets. They are sturdy and heavy for stability.

     

    Rare-Earth Magnets Hold Doors Open or Closed

    Rare-earth magnets hold the doors closed while the kiln is heating to the annealing temperature. Phenolic knobs on the door handle stay cool to the touch. Use the switch on the front panel to turn off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use.

    We have added a glass rod warmer on top of the kiln. Pre-heating glass rods saves production time.

    The Paragon BlueBird XL kiln has durable 2 1/2” thick insulating firebrick walls and floor. The steel base supports the kiln in two layers. The upper steel base supports and strengthens the firebrick floor; the lower steel base covers the entire kiln bottom where it rests on your worktable. Electrical components are mounted to the lower base, away from the heat of the firing chamber.


    Heavy-Duty Construction

    The steel base supports the kiln in two layers. The upper steel base supports and strengthens the firing chamber; the lower steel base covers the entire kiln bottom where it rests on your worktable. Electrical components are mounted to the lower base, away from the heat of the firing chamber.

    The Genesis Mini Touch Screen Controller is mounted under the kiln in an ergonomically sloped panel for easy operation. The design saves table space over kilns with a side switch box. The built-in base stays cool even during extended hold times for the long life of the electrical system. It is slotted to dissipate heat and comes with mar-proof plastic feet.


    Why Upgrade from Mechanical Relays to Solid-State Relays?      

    Mechanical Relays, which come standard on most kilns have internal moving parts which over time wear out and need to be replaced.  Kiln manufacturers recommend you replace your mechanical relays approximately every 2 years.  Solid-state relays have no moving parts and last far longer than standard mechanical relays and offer far better temperature control during hold times.  Since solid-state relays also have no moving parts to wear out, they NEVER need to be replaced.  You will notice that solid-state relays are silent.  The only sound you will hear is just the reassuring hum of the heating elements.  So, this factory upgrade saves you potential down time from having to wait for new relays to arrive, potential over-fires from relays sticking in the closed position, potential aggravation from having to learn how to remove and replace the mechanical relays yourself.  We think this upgrade is well worth the cost and will save you time and aggravation over the life of your kiln.


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    Paragon Kiln - Bluebird XL