Dogwood Ceramic Supply

Paragon Crucible Kilns for Molten Glass


 



    Paragon's Glass Crucible Kilns serve one purpose.... melt and hold molten glass primarily for glass blowers but the kilns could be just about anybody who needs a ready source of molten glass to complete their projects.  The Paragon Crucible kilns consists of a small, hobby sized kiln named the Darby Dipper, a huge, multiple crucible holding Trifecta and the original Paragon Vulcan.





Paragon Trifecta Glass Crucible Kiln

Paragon Trifecta Glass Crucible Kiln 

The Biggest Crucible Kiln


    The Paragon Trifecta Glass Crucible Kiln was designed to be big enough to hold 3 crucibles of molten glass.  3 crucibles... Trifecta.... oh how we amuse ourselves.  In all seriousness, the Trifecta is one very serious kiln... virtually indestructible Mercury Displacement Relays, platinum wire S-Type Thermocouple because this kiln is going to live at high temperatures for days or weeks at a time, replaceable brick bottom because mistakes do happen, 3" bricks in the floor, walls and lid (with additional fiber blanket insulation in the walls of the kiln) to minimize heat loss and reduce the cost of electricity to operate the kiln, spring loaded T-Handle to hold the lid and bottom in place, multiple hand holds to assist with moving the kiln or removing the heavy lid for ease of adding additional glass to the crucibles plus a remote, wall mounted, control box to minimize the heat exposure to the 3 Key digital controller.   Yep, pretty serious.

 

Paragon Trifecta Glass Crucible Kiln, Lid Closed 

Paragon Trifecta Glass Crucible Kiln:

◊ 4.82 cubic foot interior: 28" wide x 13.25" tall

◊ 11,500 watts of power
◊ Requires #6 wire, 60 amp circuit breaker, NEMA 6-50P receptacle

◊ 2350°F maximum temperature

◊ 3" Firebrick walls, door and floor + 1" additional fiber insulation in the walls

◊ Dropped, recessed element grooves in the walls

3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller

◊ On-off safety switch to prevent overfires

◊ Stand with 9" legs and mar-proof plastic feet

◊ Shipping weight 380 lbs

◊ Shipping crate is approximately 42"w x 47"d x 31"h

◊ Uncrated dimension:  38"w x 45"d x 36"h (mounted on stand height)

◊ Door way clearance 38" 

◊ Uncrated weight:  Approximately 320 lbs.



2014 Paragon Trifecta Glass Crucible Kiln


  Dogwood's
Discounted
Price
 
Paragon Trifecta Kiln          MSRP $2,975.00 $2,160.00
   
Crucible, Large (9" wide x 12" outer) $170.00
   
Paragon Freight Rate = C  

prices valid until at least December 31, 2014

 








Paragon Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln

Paragon Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln 

The VULCAN Kiln


    The Vulcan Mind Melt... Glass Melt.  I guess one must be a Trekkie to understand the naming of the Paragon Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln.

 

    The Paragon Vulcan was the first in the series of Glass Melting Kilns, also known as Glass Crucible Kilns because the kiln was specifically designed to melt glass in a crucible (container) and hold the glass at the molten (melted) temperature.  And that is all it does, melt glass.  Basically, if you don't need melted glass you don't need this kiln... and if you need a source of molten glass then you really need this kiln.

 

    Unlike the Trifecta, with the convenient openings for access to the crucibles cut through the kiln lid, the Vulcan uses a traditional hinged lid that allow access to the kiln interior and the molten glass.  Actually access is just to the molten glass holding crucible as there is a 2" thick ceramic board liner placed between the hot kiln chamber and the exterior.  The ceramic fiber board is designed to be cut to size to allow access to the crucible beneath.  In this manner the heat from the kiln chamber doesn't completely escape the kiln when the lid is opened and molten glass is removed.

 

 

Paragon Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln, Lid Open

 

    Is the Paragon Trifecta a better (easier) designed kiln than the Vulcan with respect to access to molten glass?  Most likely.  That said, the Trifecta is a also a much, much bigger kiln and firing such a large kiln to melt and hold a small quantity of glass doesn't make much sense.

 

     Being the first kiln (remember, the Vulcans were also suppose to be the first contact for us Trekkies), the original Vulcan lacked the virtually indestructible Mercury Displacement Relays found in the Trifecta as standard equipment.  And the Vulcan lacks the remote access control box.  But the Paragon Vulcan does have a replaceable brick bottom section because mistakes do happen as well as the durable platinum wire S-Type Thermocouple as standard equipment. And 3" bricks in the floor, walls and lid (with additional fiber blanket insulation in the walls of the kiln) to minimize heat loss and reduce the cost of electricity to operate the kiln.  Oh, and the Vulcan has the 12 Key Digital Controller found in all the professional glass kilns versus the 3 Key controller found on the Trifecta and Darby Dipper.

 

    So which kiln to buy, the Trifecta or the Vulcan?   The Vulcan is capable of melting 50 lbs of glass in a single crucible, so if your need is to melt a single color of glass, get the Vulcan.  50 lbs is a lot glass.  Need to melt multiple colors.... or gosh darn need to melt more than 50 lbs at one time then the Trifecta is an absolute best value and should be your first choice.

 

 

 

Paragon Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln:

◊ 1.4 cubic foot interior: 13.5" wide x 14.75" tall (with fiber board in place)

◊ 3,950 watts of power
◊ Requires #10 wire, 30 amp circuit breaker, NEMA 6-30P receptacle

◊ 2350°F maximum temperature

◊ 3" Firebrick walls, door and floor + 1" additional fiber insulation in the walls

◊ Dropped, recessed element grooves in the walls

12-key digital Sentry Xpress controller

◊ High Temp deviation protection built into controller

◊ Stand with 9" legs and mar-proof plastic feet

◊ Shipping weight 240 lbs

◊ Shipping crate is approximately 30.5"w x 30.5"d x 34"h

◊ Uncrated dimension:  24.5"w x 28.3"d x 34"h (mounted on stand height)

◊ Uncrated weight:  Approximately 200 lbs.



2014 Paragon Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln


  Dogwood's
Discounted
Price
 
Paragon Vulcan Kiln          MSRP $2,340.00 $1,720.00
 
Mercury Displacement Relay $90.00
   
Paragon Freight Rate = B  

prices valid until at least December 31, 2014

 










Paragon Darby Dipper Glass Crucible Kiln

Paragon Darby Dipper Glass Crucible Kiln 

 

    The Darby Dipper is named after Frances Darby, the founder of Paragon Kilns back in 1948.  Many of the kilns designed by Mrs. Darby's were for use in the home by hobbyists.  It is in this spirit of a hobby sized kiln suitable for home use that the Darby Dipper was designed.

 

    Inexpensive? Check.  Easy to use? Check.  Chamber sized to operate from 120v house hold current?  Check.  Yep, the Darby Dipper meets every criteria.

 

    Would a "professional" ever be caught dead using a Darby Dipper?  Sure, not everybody blows big hunks of glass and therefore doesn't need to melt 50 lbs of glass like the Vulcan is capable of handling.  Besides, the Darby Dipper is the perfect compliment to the Trifecta when a small quantity of a special colored glass needs to be melted. 

 

    As with the Vulcan, and mostly to keep the selling price down, the Darby Dipper is not with the virtually indestructible Mercury Displacement Relays found in the Trifecta as standard equipment. But then, most hobbyists are going to push their Darby Dipper as hard as the Trifecta is going to be pushed.... besides, the worst thing that could happen is that the relay gets stuck and the elements remain on such that the glass... stays melted.  Fortunately the durable platinum wire S-Type Thermocouple is included as standard equipment because maintaining the melt point of glass is bad on conventional K-Type Thermocouples.

 

 

Paragon Darby Dipper Glass Crucible Kiln, lid open

 

 

 

Paragon Darby Dipper Glass Crucible Kiln:

◊ 0.29 cubic foot interior: 7.5" wide x 9.0" tall

◊ 2,280 watts of power
◊ Requires #12 wire, 20 amp circuit breaker, NEMA 5-20R receptacle

◊ 2350°F maximum temperature

◊ 3" Firebrick walls, door and floor + 1" additional fiber insulation in the walls

◊ Dropped, recessed element grooves in the walls

3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller

◊ On-off safety switch to prevent overfires

◊ Built in stand with mar-proof plastic feet

◊ Shipping weight 95 lbs

◊ Shipping crate is approximately 27"w x 27"d x 23"h

◊ Uncrated dimension:  15"w x 18.75"d x 22.50"h

◊ Uncrated weight:  Approximately 85 lbs.




2014 Paragon Darby Dipper Glass Crucible Kiln


  Dogwood's
Discounted
Price
 
Paragon Darby Dipper Kiln          MSRP $1,360.00 $1,020.00
 
Mercury Displacement Relay $90.00
   
Crucible, Small (6" wide x 7" outer) $95.00
   
Paragon UPS Group = D  

prices valid until at least December 31, 2014

 












Notes:


 

   All options have the appropriate discounts applied from the MSRP.

 

   Freight charges are based upon the weight of the kiln, services required and the customer's location. Please refer to Paragon freight information for complete information including special rates and any adjustments to the basic freight charges for your specific location or delivery situation.  Please note, shipping two or more kilns does not automatically double the shipping costs.  In many instances an additional kiln may not increase the shipping charges or do so only a small amount.





 

 

 



website last updated: October 2014




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