The Legendary Paragon Dragon
The Paragon Dragon is an industrial-grade furnace designed for pottery and ceramic studios . Potters who struggle with top-loadng kilns will enjoy the Dragon . The door swings open 160 degrees on a heavy¾ steel rod with sealed bearings . Two spring-loadd latches press the door tightly closed .
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If you fire ware that is similar in size from one firingto the next,you can leave the shelves and posts stacked in the Dragon between firing . Reach into the kiln to remove the ware and reloadthe kiln for the next firing
Since you are loadng from the side,you can easily see how close the ware is to the kiln walls and the shelf above . Think of how much time this will save you .
loadng a tall sculpture into a top-loadng kiln requires skill and care to avoid nudging the piece against the kiln wall . loadng sculpture into a front-loadng kiln is faster and easier,because you can see what you are doing . There is far less risk of damaging the piece .
Exceptional element life
The Dragon exudes power . With 16,500 watts,there is ample power to heat the 24 W x 24 D x 27 H interior to cone 10 . Having power to spare improves element life,because the elements do not struggle to reach high temperatures . The industrial-gauge heating elements are seated and protected in dropped,recessed grooves .
The elements are tuned,which means hotter elements are placed in the top and bottom of the firingchamber where more heat is needed . This results in superior heat distribution .
The benefits of extra insulation: save energy and benefit from down firingbr>Extra insulation saves energy and lengthens cooling . The 4 thick walls,top,and door are made of 3 firebrick backed by 1 of ceramic fiber block insulation . The floor is 4½thick firebrick . The inner door is recessed to help seal in the heat . Because these kilns store heat so efficiently,elements last longer .
The extra insulation not only saves energy but also cools the kiln slowly without having to turn the elements back on . This gives the micro-crystalline structure and color of the glaze sufficient time for full development . Achieve dramatic shifts in glaze color such as iron reds and enjoy the richer look of gas firingwith down firingor slow cooling . Create breathtaking pottery in this exciting kiln .
Hinged switch box for easy maintenance
The ventilated switch box is generously slotted for air circulation for the long life of the electrical components . Hinged at the bottom,the switch box opens wide for easy maintenance . Open the box in seconds by merely removing two screws at the top . A folding support arm holds the box in the open position . There is plenty of working space around electrical components . A bank of built-in NEC/UL compliant high-amperage fusesprotects the kiln and circuit wiring .
The Dragon will fit through a 34 doorway if the handles and back element cover are temporarily removed .
Saves electricity with extra insulation
3 insulating firebrick and 1 non-organic block insulation in walls,top and door: 4 total thickness
4½thick firebrick bottom
Case temperature at cone 10: 170℉ (compared to 400-500℉ for standard firebrick kilns)
Two 1 non-tapered peepholes in the left side of the kiln
1 space between switch box and kiln keeps electrical components cooler for long life .
Hinged switch box for easy access
UL/CUL & NEC compliant fusesfor safety
Proportional power elements for more even heating
Designed for production
Paragon's warranty is not affected by frequency of use . Fire your new kiln every day if you want,even in commercial settings . That will have no effect on the warranty period .
Optional colors at no extra charge
Brighten your studio with color! Order your kiln in one of our standard colors at no extra charge . . . berry,black,blue,hot pink,jade,navy,purple,or turquoise . Scroll down to see color samples in the options section .