The Viking-27 is easier to loadthan the deeper studio kilns . It is only 22¼deep,yet wider and larger than 29 deep 10-sided kilns . The Viking-27 is designed for extra heavy duty firing This 12-sided kiln easily reaches stoneware temperatures . During busy seasons when orders are backlogged,you will be grateful you own a dependable Paragon Viking work horse .
Plenty of Power
All Vikings are digital . As with our standard TnF top-loadng studio kilns,they feature the Sentry 12-key digital temperature controller,easy access switch box,pinless elements,and the LiteLid counter-balance spring system . But in addition,they come with built-in high amperage fusesand heavy-duty mercury relays instead of our standard mechanical relays . Industrial mercury relays far outlast the standard mechanical relays and are also quieter .
The Viking-27 has power to spare with 14,400 watts . (Note: We can also make the Viking-27 for international electrical systems .) The extra wattage helps compensate for aging elements or low voltage . This is ample power to reach cone 10 and,if you ever need it,to fire rapidly . Elements last longer,because the extra wattage and thicker 3 firebricks help the elements reach porcelain and stoneware temperatures without strain . Since the kiln can fire stoneware,it can naturally handle low-fire ceramics with ease .
You can separate the Viking-27 kiln bottom and sections to repair bricks,to change elements,or to move the kiln down narrow stairwells or through narrow doorways . Heavy-duty twist-lock spring latches securely hold the assembled kiln sections . Sectional kilns are ideal for older buildings in areas such as New York City or in homes with basements . The kiln is easy to maintain−the stainless steel case of each kiln section includes case tighteners .
Why the Top Wall Bricks Resist Wear
The top row of bricks in the Viking-27 is 2 high and without element grooves . Since the brick row is solid,it is less susceptible to damage during loadng than a grooved brick . And should you ever need to replace a top brick,just loosen the stainless steel case tighteners of the top section and slide the brick out .
The top row of firebricks not only last longer than the top row in competitive kilns,but they also give you a bonus of two inches of extra firingchamber depth . Compare the 22¼depth of the Viking-27 with that of 12-sided competitive brands .
The Viking-27 usesdeluxe 3 thick firebricks throughout in the sidewalls,the reversible brick bottom,and the 3 thick lid . The peepholes,both sides of the lid and top rim of sidewall firebrick are hardened and sealed with a special refractory coating that reduces dusting .
Even Heat Distribution
Enjoy even heat distribution for consistent firingresults . The elements are tuned,which means hotter elements are placed in the top and bottom of the firingchamber,where extra heat is needed . This results in superior heat distribution without the need for 3-zone temperature control . (However,you can order 3-zone if you want it .)
Heavy Duty Throughout
Wires are fastened to the elements with heat-dissipating connectors refined and proven for many years in Paragon kilns . Long-lasting,thick elements are seated in dropped,recessed brick grooves,which eliminate the need for element pins . (Since the elements are not pinned,they are faster to replace than the elements of some competitive models .) Costly heavy-gauge nickel-plated copper wiring is covered with high temperature glass-braided insulation .
UL/CUL / NEC compliant high-amperage fusesprotect the kiln and circuit wiring . These fusesare built into the kiln switch box−just one more thoughtful touch that you will find in a Paragon Viking .
A heavy galvanized steel base completely covers the reversible brick bottom . It folds up under the stainless steel case on all 12 sides to strengthen the firingchamber and protect the bottom . Unlike competitive brands,you can move your Paragon without worrying about the stand digging into the firebrick bottom . This is one more assurance that your Paragon kiln is built to last .
The Ease of Digital firing/strong>
You will be amazed at the convenience of a digital temperature controller . The reliable,solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firingso you can spend your time making pottery or working in your studio without closely watching the kiln . (Please remember,however,to check the kiln during firingand to monitor it near the expected shutoff time .) The attractive sealed touch pad keeps out dust and wipes clean in seconds .
You will discover,to your delight,that the controller has powerful features . Yet we have also worked hard to make the controller as simple as possible to use .
Do you ever wonder how much electricity your kiln uses Or how much a slow cooling actually costs per load Does slow firingcost more than fast firing The digital controller can figure electrical cost for you with the press of a button . Find out how little a kiln actually costs to fire . Learn to conserve energy by experimenting with firingspeed,loaddensity,etc .
The massive lid is easy to lift with Paragon’s patented LiteLid spring counter-balance . It does away with cumbersome pulleys and cords and reduces lid weight to only several pounds of pressure . Most people can lift the lid with one hand . Unlike pulleys and weights,the LiteLid is self-contained on the kiln . The LiteLid sharply reduces wear between the lid and top rim of firebrick . The truss and floating lid,a patented exclusive,allow expansion of the lid as the firebricks expand . Ask competitors if their lid spring includes a truss and floating lid .
Easy-Access Patented Switch Box
Hinged at the bottom,the switch box on the Viking-27 and most of Paragon's other top-loadng studio kilns opens forward for easy maintenance . It even includes a folding support arm,which holds the box in the open position . The Sentry micro-processor controller is mounted near the top of the switch box within easy reach . Operate the controller from a comfortable height .
Heavy Duty Kiln Stand Included
A kiln stand is included at no extra charge . The 24 wide stand for 10- and 12-sided kilns supports the brick bottom with framing that is 4½wide across the top of each side . The stand is rock-steady,with 16-gauge frame and heavy 12-gauge legs . The stand is complete with mar-proof plastic feet and tall enough to accommodate the optional Orton Vent Master . (Note: The stand requires assembly .)
If you will need to move your kiln out of the way when not in use,order an optional deluxe kiln stand with casters . (See below in the Options section .)
Low Emission Paint
The glistening Viking-27 is proudly made in America to exacting quality standards . The kiln's switch box has a durable high temperature,water-base finish . We chose water-base paint because of the low emissions during spraying . This creates a safer working environment for our employees in our Mesquite,Texas factory and cuts down on pollution .
Save on Shipping
The cost of shipping a kiln is often less than some of our competitors pay,because we are centrally located along a major shipping route in Mesquite,Texas . We pass the cost savings directly to you . To reduce freight damage,we ship the Viking-27 in a custom-built,carrier-approved wooden crate at no extra charge instead of the cardboard that some of our competitors use .
A Few of the Many Exciting Features
2-high blank bricks in the top row of sidewalls resist wear during loadng .
2 deeper firingchamber than some competitive models
Sectional design for easier maintenance and moving through narrow passageways
Sections secured with deluxe twist-lock spring latches .
Case tighteners for easy maintenance
Ventilated,patented switch box is hinged for easy access .
Convenient hand lifts
Heavy duty elements
Dropped,recessed brick grooves eliminate the need to pin elements so you will save time when changing elements .
Heavy-duty stand with mar-proof plastic feet
Dust-free coating in the peepholes,both sides of the lid and top rim of firebrick
Heavy gauge stainless steel case
Operating instructions silk-screened onto the switch box
Certified to CSA and UL Standard 499
Full-formed steel base completely protects the brick bottom .
Detailed,printed instruction manuals are written for the beginner . (Click below to downloadthe manuals if you want to read them before you buy the kiln .
The Furniture Kit
The furniture kit consists of carefully selected fireclay shelves and posts for the Viking-27 . When estimating the price of the kiln,include the cost of furniture . The furniture allows you to stack multiple layers of ware . Without it,you could fire only the ware that would fit on the kiln bottom .
Call Paragon during business hours,and you will reach the factory directly . You will even find that a real human answers the phone . Since we are open 7:00 a .m . to 5:30 p .m . CST Monday through Thursday,you can likely reach us even from different time zones .
Heavy Duty Rolling Stand Included,32 Square x 12 High
A deluxe kiln stand with locking casters is included at no extra charge . Enjoy the convenience of rolling the kiln out of the way when not in use . The stand is rock solid and ships assembled . It fits together with interlocking components for extra strength .
To install an Orton Kiln Vent,merely slide the collection cup into a mounting bracket on top of the stand .
Take advantage of the heat that radiates from the kiln by loadng greenware on the shelf under the kiln . Heat from the kiln will dry the ware to prepare it for the next firing Save time and energy .
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 .