Paragon Pearl-4426 Glass Fusing Kiln
The sleek Pearl-4426 Professional Series glass kiln is exciting to look at and to operate . It will help to unlock your potential as a glass artist . The kiln is an investment that pays for itself by firinglarge glass panels or production load of small pieces . Imagine how many dichroic pendants you could fire in one load The Pearl-4426 is proudly made in America by skilled workers,some with decades of experience . This deluxe kiln is designed for those whose livelihood depends on reliable glass production .
Assemble glass inside the firingchamber
The Pearl-4426 top lifts away to give convenient access to the shelf area . Heavy-duty air pistons lighten the top . The lid handle is 50 long for convenient opening . Assemble glass pieces directly on the 42 x 24 CoreLite shelf that you have already positioned inside the kiln . A woven rope seal mounted on all four sides of the lid acts as a gasket and cushions the top . The mating surfaces between the lid and sidewalls are hardened and sealed with a special refractory coating .
Quartz element tubes
The lid elements are protected in six quartz tubes for a cleaner kiln interior . There is less dust in the kiln,because there are no element grooves; the firebrick top is one continuous,smooth surface . The quartz tubes protect the elements from contamination with foreign materials that could shorten the element life . The quartz tubes absorb very little heat,allowing the elements to heat the firingchamber efficiently . Quartz tubes protect the user from contact with the elements .
Elements in the top and sides
For even heat distribution,the Pearl-4426 includes two rows of sidewall elements,which are mounted in the top section that lifts up with the lid when the kiln is opened . The sidewall element coils are protected in dropped,recessed grooves .
Power ratio technology
The kiln usesadvanced power ratio technology,pioneered by Paragon,to balance the heat between the top and side elements . Program the digital controller to balance the heat between the top and sides in increments of 10% . (i .e .,100% top heat – 0% side heat,50% top – 50% sides,80% top−20% sides,etc .) Set the heat balance for any combination desired between the top and sides so that the total heat output equals 100% . Imagine the precise control you will have in adjusting the kiln to slump glass or to improve heat distribution over large fused panels .
The two pilot lights on the control panel indicate which elements are firing The top pilot light glows for the lid elements; the bottom pilot light glows for the sidewall elements .
Long-lasting mercury relays
The Pearl-4426 includes features not found on most competitive kilns . For instance,mercury relays are standard on this kiln . Relays send power to the elements on command from the digital controller . Industrial-grade mercury relays found in the Pearl-4426 far outlast mechanical relays . The life of the quiet,reliable mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles .
Heavy duty kiln
The Pearl-4426 has 3 thick firebrick sidewalls,bottom and top . (This is½thicker than the firebricks in some competitive kilns on the market .) For long life,the kiln has a½ceramic fiber expansion joint in the center of the firebrick top and bottom . The heavy tubular frame gives the firingchamber rock-steady support .
To keep the electrical components cool,they are mounted inside a ventilated switch box with a double heat shield and air gap between the kiln and box . Costly heavy-gauge nickel-plated copper wiring is covered with high temperature glass-braided insulation .
The beautiful Pearl-4426 is designed for easy maintenance . You can quickly remove the top and front sections of the control panel for easy access to the electrical components . The electrical parts are thoughtfully laid out for quick maintenance inside the large control panel . The ventilation slots keep the control panel cool . The control panel includes an on/off switch and two pilot lights .
Special limit thermocouple for greater accuracy
The thermocouple,which is the rod that extends into the firingchamber,senses the temperature,so it is critically important to your firing . The Pearl-4426 comes with a¼ wide Type-K made with special limit wire for accuracy . The tip of the thermocouple is exposed,which results in rapid temperature response time . The new and improved thermocouple replaces our earlier sheathed thermocouple . The new thermocouple is made in America to our exacting standards .
Digital temperature control
You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing The reliable solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firingso you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln . (Please remember,however,to check the kiln during firingand to monitor it near the expected shutoff time .) The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean .
Paragon's innovative controller will help you achieve consistent results from one firingto the next . The controller has powerful features that you will enjoy using .
Do you ever wonder how much electricity your kiln uses The digital controller can figure this for you with the press of a button . Find out how little a kiln actually costs to fire .
Environmentally Friendly Paint
The Pearl-4426 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 and cuts down on pollution .
Features of the Pearl-4426
Heating elements in the top of the kiln are mounted in deluxe quartz tubes .
Thermocouple with exposed tip for accuracy and fast response
12-key Sentry 2 .0 digital controller
Safety switch and pilot light
Air pistons assist lifting the lid .
Easy access to electrical parts
Louvered switch box,heavy duty wiring
Heavy tubular steel frame for rock-steady support .
Welded plates mounted to the legs for optional 2 solid steel locking casters
Printed instruction manuals
Included with your kiln is a 28-page controller instruction manual,a 48-page glass manual,technical bulletins,and blank firingrecord sheets . The manuals have been painstakingly researched and are written in plain English,printed in two colors,and are fully illustrated .
No extra charge for crating
The Pearl-4426 is shipped in a wooden crate . Inquire about the crating cost of a competitive kiln when figuring prices . Because Paragon is in the central U .S . along a major shipping route,our shipping cost is often lower than that of our competition . We pass this savings on to you .
240 or 208 volts
Most of Paragon's standard 240 volt kilns can be ordered in 208 volts . To compensate for the lower voltage,Paragon's 208 volt kilns use a different set of elements so they will perform as well as the equivalent 240 volt models . For this reason,the elements in 240 and 208 volt kilns,even for the same kiln model,are not interchangeable . So please be sure to specify the correct voltage when you order your kiln . By using different elements for different voltages,total watts consumed by different kiln versions remain the same . 240 and 208 kilns of the same model have the same maximum temperature rating .
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 .