|top-tier distributor for paragon's red hot kilns||smaller kilns at electrickilns.co.uk or tumblers at electrictumblers.co.uk|
Paragon Kilns are generally used for bead annealing, making jewellery, enamels, fusing and slumping glass, metal clays, heat treating, knife-making, firing ceramics and porcelain, and vitrigraph, although they have other applications.
Choose from the Paragon SC2, SC2 Pro, SC3, BlueBird, Caldera, CS ClamShell, Darby, Dragon, F Elite, FibreFuse, FireFly, Fusion, GL, HomeArtist, HT, Iguana, Janus, KM, Ovation, Pearl, PMT, TNF, Trifecta, Trio, Viking, Vulcan, W, and Xpress.
Most have a Sentry Xpress 3-key or a Sentry 12-key automatic digital programmer. And there's a choice of colours, options, upgrades, and shelf kits.
Paragon Kilns is an international distributor for kilns, providing comprehensive advice, free competent technical support, a prompt repair workshop, and telephone time if you have to fit parts: all valuable services. If you need help, use the mail link, below the menu bar near the top-right of any page, or call .
|USING THIS RESOURCE||WHAT TO CLICK ON|
Nearly everything is one click away: use a link below the menu bar near the top of the page to learn more, mail questions, or shop on line. To confirm your destination, the link will change colour just before you click.
For prices, and on-line shopping, use the shop link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page. They're for UK-EU voltage, CE-marked, TUV tested, CL and CSA approved kilns, and include comprehensive instructions and UK VAT.
There are very few clickable links in the text. However, there are lots of mouse-over words that generate context-sensitive pop-ups: a useful, and optional, way of explaining things. Try it here, although pop-ups might not work on a small screen.
|STAY ON THIS RESOURCE, OR SWITCH TO ANOTHER?|
For your convenience, I've separated all the kilns into two very general groups on two separate internet resources, although there's cross-over. If you want to switch resources, use the links above the menu bar near the top of the page.
Electric Kilns is generally for smaller plug-in table-top kilns usually used for small-scale work such as annealing beads, Art Clay metal clays, dichroics, enamels, glass fusing, jewellery, lampwork, PMC silver clay, porcelain, and vitrigraph.
Paragon Kilns is generally for larger wired-in floor-standing or table-top kilns usually used for business-scale work such as annealing, casting, ceramics, earthenware, glass panels, heat treating, making knives, porcelain, pottery, and raku.
|PREVIEWS||THE PARAGON SC2, XPRESS E12T, KM18T, AND FUSION CS16D|
I've previewed four popular kilns, below. However, to learn more about them, or other kilns, use the links below the menu bar near the top of the page. Then, for prices, use the shop link.
They're typically used for making jewellery, annealing beads and glass, fusing glass, firing metal clays, firing ceramics, earthenware, porcelain, pottery, and stoneware, painting china, crucible work, applying decals, dental work, fusing dichroic glasses, enamelling, fire polishing, glass art, glass casting, fusing, sagging, and slumping, glass clays, forming glass panels, heat treating, knife making, laboratory testing, lampwork, lost-wax casting, melting gold and silver, firing bronze and copper metal clays, moulding gun and model parts, pâte de verre, raku, sintering gold and silver clays, staining glass, hardening, and tempering blades, cutters, dies, and tools, and many other materials and processes.
Small kilns are more economic for jewellery-making, so you can use most popular small-scale materials such as Accent Gold, Art Clay metal clays, BullsEye glasses, dichroic glasses, enamels, GlasClay, Image Transfer Solution, Metal Clay Veneer, PMC silver clay, Prometheus bronze clay, ProCopper clay, and SilverEtch.
And there's an increasingly diverse range of other metal clays, such as Cinter, Clay Mania, Creative, Goldie, Hadar Jacobson, Metal Adventures, Meteor, Noble, and PMC Sterling.
You can make architectural parts, badges, beads, bowls, bracelets, brooches, buttons, candle holders, ceramic-art, charms, china dolls, decorations, earrings, figurines, fingerprint keepsakes, flowerpots, glass-art, glass panels, jewellery, knives, lampshades, medals, miniatures, models, mugs, necklaces, ornaments, pendants, plates, porcelain beads, pet-id tags, rings, souvenirs, stained-glass designs, tableware, thimbles, tiaras, tiles, tools, trinkets, and vases, as unique hand-crafted pieces or repeatable stock for sale.
They're ideal for your arts centre, ceramics studio, science college, course venue, craft studio, dental or medical laboratory, engineering facilty, glass works, jewellery studio, knife-making workshop, machine shop, metal-work factory, pottery business, research unit, school, technical facility, or university.
|BEFORE LOOKING AT OTHER KILNS, HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON SC2||THE UK'S FAVOURITE KILN|
The Paragon SC2 is a 1095°C, square, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, ceramic fibre kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue, or customised berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The Paragon SC-2 comes in four versions: the SC-2 with a plain door, the SC-2B with a bead-annealing door, the SC-2W with a heat-resistant viewing-window, and the SC-2BW with a bead door and window. The SC3, SC3B, SC3W, and SC3BW are similar, but larger. The 925°C SC4 is similar, but over four times larger.
There are also three stylish professional versions with stainless-steel doors, stay-cool wooden door-handles, silent long-life solid-state relays, and tilted easy-view ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key or Sentry 12-key digital programmers.
The Paragon SC2 is probably the most popular kiln in the UK and ideal for a home hobby, small business, or studio. You can fire metal clays on several shelves, anneal beads on five mandrels, do enamelling, fuse glass, and heat-treat metals.
Some bronze and copper clays need to be embedded in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container: the SC-2 can hold a one-litre container. You can buy charcoals and pans in the on-line shop.
To learn more about the Paragon SC2 kiln, click here, or use the sc2-sc3 link near the top of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include UK VAT, a pro shelf kit, and UK-mainland delivery.
|BEFORE LOOKING AT OTHER KILNS, HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON XPRESS E12A||A HIGH-TEMPERATURE KILN|
The Paragon Xpress E12A is a 1230°C, rectangular, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue, or customised berry, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The Paragon Xpress E12A comes in four versions: the E12A with a plain door, the E12AB with a bead-annealing door, the E12AW with a heat-resistant viewing-window, and the E12ABW with a bead door and a window. The Q-11A, E-9A, and E-10A are similar, but smaller. The 1095°C E-14A is 1.73 times larger.
The UK-EU Xpress E12A, made for Cherry Heaven, heats to 1230°C and is 221mm high inside. It can be upgraded to 1260°C or 1290°C. The US Xpress E12A heats to 1095°C and is only 152mm high inside.
The Paragon E12A is probably the most popular mixed-media kiln in the UK and ideal for materials and processes that need a long, high-temperature, firing sequence. You can anneal beads on five mandrels, make tiles, small plates, and bowls, work with ceramics and porcelain, and fire silver clay on several shelves.
Some bronze and copper clays need to be embedded in activated charcoal granules in a stainless steel container: the Xpress E-12A can hold a three-litre container. You can buy charcoals and pans in the on-line shop.
To learn more about the Paragon Xpress E12A kiln, click here, or use the xpress link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include a pro shelf kit and VAT.
|BEFORE LOOKING AT OTHER KILNS, HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON KM18T||A KNIFE-MAKING KILN|
The Paragon KM18T is a 1290°C, rectangular, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. Choose Paragon black, or customised berry, blue, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise
There are seven in the series: the KM-14T, KM-18T, KM-18T XL, KM-24T, KM-24T XL, KM-36T, and KM-45T, in ascending order of firing chamber depth, the number being the approximate interior depth in inches. The KM-18T XL and KM-24T XL are twice as wide as the KM-18T and KM-24T. In the US, the XL kilns are called double-barrel.
The Paragon KM is probably the most popular knife kiln in the UK, EU, and US, and ideal for materials and processes that need a long, stable, high-temperature, firing sequence.
To learn more about the Paragon KM18T kiln, click here, or use the xpress link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include VAT.
|BEFORE LOOKING AT OTHER KILNS, HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THE PARAGON FUSION CS16D||THE LARGEST 13A KILN|
The Paragon Fusion CS16D is a 925°C, square, top-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. In Paragon blue, or customised berry, black, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The Paragon Fusion ClamShell CS16 comes in two versions: the CS16S which has an opening lid, and the CS16D which has an opening lid and an opening body giving an easy-access flat surface for arranging glasswork. So, S means single opening and D means double opening.
The CS16SB with two bead-annealing doors, and the CS16SW with a heat-resistant viewing window. These two options are not available on the CS16D: as the top is in two parts, it would be weakened by cut-outs for bead doors and windows. The CS14 is similar, but smaller. The CS19 and CS26 are similar, but larger.
The Fusion CS16D is the largest glass kiln that can use a regular 13A socket You can anneal beads on ten mandrels, batch-fire silver clay, and make glass art, panels, tiles, plates, and bowls.
To learn more about the Paragon Fusion CS16 kiln, click here, or use the fusion-cs link below the menu bar near the top of the page, then use the shop link. Prices include VAT.
|INTERNET PRICES||£££ OR ££££|
The internet is an unchecked resource: everything is described as the best, the newest, or the cheapest, and it's being sold by the premier dealer. Here are some things to consider:
Net-prices can be misleading because it's increasingly common to obscure UK VAT, shelf kits, options, upgrades, and delivery until you finally check your basket.
We've consistently offered the best prices. Our popular Paragon SC2, including an improved door latch, a pro shelf kit, and UK delivery was £120 more expensive elsewhere: with a flimsy shelf and a delivery charge of £35. And the Paragon CS16D was over £300 more.
do you need help choosing your kiln?
is your prime interest jewellery, glass, beads, ceramics, heat treating, making knives ...?
is it for home use, a small business, a course venue, or a commercial studio?
can you ask about any kiln from the whole range?
is a built-in digital automatic programmer included?
or is the programmer in a separate box with loose wires on your worktop?
would you like a touch-screen programmer?
would you like an electric kiln vent, a gas injection system, or a USB computer interface?
what maximum temperature will you need?
do you want a plug-in kiln or a larger wired-in kiln?
do you want a front-opener or a top-opener?
is internal foor area or height more important?
would you like a choice of colours?
would you like a a bead-annealing door, a viewing window, or both?
would you like a USB computer interface, an electric vent, or a gas-injection system?
smaller kilns should come with a pro shelf and posts: not a thin fibre shelf.
larger kilns have shelf options depending on how you like to arrange your work.
can you call someone, if you're not sure what to do?
will you get detailed and prompt techical support?
if you need spare parts, who has them?
if you want to repair your kiln, who'll help you?
if you don't want to repair your kiln, who'll do it?
is UK VAT included in the headline price?
for kilns that weigh less than 30kg, is UK mainland delivery is included?
can your kiln be delivered to any country?
As far as I know, most distributors and re-sellers don't offer comprehensive advice, free competent technical support, a prompt repair workshop, and telephone time if you have to fit parts: all valuable services.
|BUYING A KILN FROM CHERRY HEAVEN|
Cherry Heaven is a UK-EU distributor for kilns, providing comprehensive advice, free competent technical support, a prompt repair workshop, and telephone time if you have to fit parts: all valuable services. If you need help, use the mail link, below the menu bar near the top-right of any page, or call .
Choosing A Kiln:
Most people want a kiln for the material or process that's enthused them, such as annealing beads, casting, firing ceramics, crucible work, dichroic glasses, enamelling, fusing glass, heat treating, knife making, lampwork, pottery, or silver clays.
After a few successes, and a few failures, many experiment with other materials, make larger pieces, try combinations, fire more at a time, and become interested in everything else. Some start a business, run classes, or open a shop.
There are lots of kilns to choose from so, before buying one, think about it's wider future use. To look at the catalogue, use the catalogue link below the menu bar near the top left of any page.
Paragon is the world's leading manufacturer of electric kilns and furnaces. Their kilns combine the best mix of ease-of-use, practical features, robust construction, and, for a chosen firing-chamber volume and maximum temperature, cost less than kilns made in the UK, Western Europe, and Japan.
They're frequently used at course venues, and in craft centres, jewellery studios, glass works, pottery shops, and engineering facilities, and are referred to on line and in books: so there's lots of useful user-based help and support.
Paragon kilns are made for UK-EU voltage, and are CE Marked, TUV tested, and CL and CSA approved. Paragon is Greek for Model Of Perfection.
The Paragon Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer allows you to set up several firing sequences, each one with up to eight heating, holding, or cooling segments. You can choose the heating and cooling rates, target temperatures, and hold times, save the sequences, and re-use them.
It's built in, so you don't need a separate box with a cable, a separate thermocouple with a cable, and a separate stand: more stuff on your worktop. And, for temperature consistency, the built-in thermocouple is always in the same position.
There are no restrictive features such as single-sequence use or pre-set programmes. Fixed programmes might seem to be an advantage. However, having diversified and experimented, most people fire materials, or combinations of materials, at different temperatures and for different times than are recommended.
The programmer is easy to use: far easier than a central heating programmer. Here are two Cherry Heaven TV programmes about setting a ramp-hold sequence. The ramp is the part where the temperature increases until it reaches the target temperature: the hold is the part where the temperature stays the same. Of course, UK-EU programmers will be in degrees Celsius.
For many kilns, the Sentry Xpress 3-key programmer can be upgraded to a Sentry 12-key or a Sentinel Touch Screen. Both have advanced and time-saving features, including optional automatic control over an electric kiln vent, a gas injection system, and a USB computer interface.
Cherry Heaven TV provides on-line radio and television programmes on the Cherry Heaven Player. To play or pause the player, click the controls or, whilst it's playing, drag the time-line slider or volume slider to a new position.
If the kiln you've chosen has a Sentry 12-key programmer, or you're considering an upgrade, here's a Cherry Heaven TV programme about setting a ramp-hold sequence.
If the kiln you've chosen has a Sentry 12-key programmer, or you're thinking about upgrading a 3-key to a 12-key, you can choose a touch screen Sentinel programmer.
Normally, kilns use single-phase 230V-240V mains electricity, so will work in the UK, the EU, and most other countries. However, they can be made for any system.
Kilns made to heat to over 1230°C need a 230V-240V supply or they might not reach their maximum temperature. If you live in a rural area, on an island, or outside the UK, you need to check your local voltage.
The smaller plug-in kilns come with a UK 13A three-pin plug, so they use a regular 230V-240V UK mains socket. If you're not in the UK, use a local plug adapter with an earth contact. Alternatively, cut off the UK plug and fit your own: it won't invalidate the guarantee.
If the kiln draws more than 13A it needs to be wired-in, in the same way that a kitchen hob-oven is connected at the back. Generally, a new cable will have to run from the fusebox to the kiln's location. It's not difficult: any competent electrician can change or extend wiring.
All the kilns either have their heating elements embedded in rigidised ceramic fibre, or have a legally-necessary door or lid cut-off switch: an important safety feature.
The heavy-gauge nickel-plated copper wiring has high-temperature glass-braided insulation. The kiln body is earthed and the low-voltage programmer has a separate protective fuse.
The thermocouple, inside the firing chamber, sends a tiny temperature-dependent voltage to the programmer which is converted to temperature. Most kiln manufacturers use economy bead or sheathed thermocouples. Paragon uses long-life heavy-guage K-type thermocouples. They respond more quickly to temperature changes and minimise the risk of corrosion and subsequent failure of the bi-metallic tip: sometimes caused by heat degradation, gradual corrosion from gases produced whilst heating some materials, or epoxy breakdown.
If high-accuracy and extended life are important to you, upgrade to an S-type platinum-rhodium thermocouple. The 12-key programmer can control three heating zones using three thermocouples: these are factory fitted, so order with your kiln. Thermocouples are in the on-line shop.
A relay is an electro-mechanical switch. The programmer turns it on using a low voltage on two of the terminals: without this voltage, the relay would be off. The mains voltage enters on two terminals and, when the relay is turned on, exits from the remaining two terminals to the elements. It's normal for relays to click as they switch on and off, just like a domestic light switch.
During a long process like annealing, a relay will click frequently as it turns on and off to control the heating rate, cooling rate, or hold temperature. However, if an extended and silent life is important to you, upgrade to a long-life mercury relay. These are factory fitted, so order with your kiln. Relays are in the on-line shop.
A viewing-window is popular for enamelling, fire polishing, fusing, and glazes. Depending on the kiln, you can choose to have a window in the door, the lid, or one of the sides. These are factory fitted, so order with your kiln.
It's widely believed that a viewing-window will cloud permanently or crack by about 925°C. Paragon kilns don't use regular glass but a transparent ceramic which has been time-tested at 1260°C.
If you feel that, at high temperatures, you might be losing heat through the window, cut a piece of soft ceramic cloth and fit it behind the glass. Ceramic cloths are in the on-line shop.
Generally, the smaller plug-in kilns include a pro shelf with four posts. The larger wired-in kilns have optional recommended furniture kits: one shelf with posts, two half-shelves with posts, two shelves with posts, a mix of different-height posts, kiln wash, shelf paper, or pyrometric cones. You can choose: it's not an expensive combination that I've put together for you. Furniture kits are in the on-line shop.
The shelves and posts are made of cordierite, a magnesium aluminium silicate, which resists thermal distortion and fracture. A thick heavy shelf, lifted up on small posts, heats and cools evenly: particularly important for enamelling and glass work.
To keep costs down, some kiln manufacturers use thin ceramic-fibre shelves. As they're fairly soft, they deteriorate and bits crumble off the edges. Also, if you're making glass tiles, they don't provide even heat distribution.
Repair And Service:
For help, or in the unlikely event of a fault, you can mail or call an engineer in the UK. However, checks, adjustments, and repairs are simple, needing little more than a PosiDriv screwdriver: watch the on-line videos using the watch-videos link or read the help pages using use the help link, both below the menu bar near the top-right of any page. Alternatively, we can service the kiln in our workshop at Cherry Heaven.
Options And Upgrades:
Paragon offers you customised colours, hinged, cantilevered, or drop-down doors, left or right-hand hinges, bead-annealing doors, viewing-windows, extra peepholes or vents, temperature upgrades, thicker firebricks, ceramic-fibre lids, 3-key, 12-key, or TouchScreen programmers, cone-fire upgrades, mercury relays, long-life S-type thermocouples, 3-zone control, electric kiln vents, gas injection control systems, auxilliary power outputs, USB computer interfaces, and different shelf kits.
|UK-EU SAFETY REGULATIONS|
The heating elements in some of the smaller kilns are safey embedded in rigidised ceramic fibre, so there's no danger of a mains-voltage electric shock.
However, most US-made kilns have live elements that are exposed whenever the kiln is open. UK and EU regulations require an additional switch, included in the price, which cuts off the power whenever the door or lid is opened.
|ACCESSORIES, PARTS, MATERIALS, TOOLS, AND TUMBLERS|
There's a wide range of kiln options, accessories, spare parts, materials, precision tools, safety equipment, and tumblers. To learn more, use the accessories link below the menu bar near the top of the page.
|PARAGON KILNS INTERNATIONAL|
is a Cherry Heaven internet resource. Cherry Heaven is a UK-EU distributor for kilns, and has been one of Paragon's top-selling distributors consistently from 2006 to : a pleasing outcome since the UK is only one third the area of Texas and one fortieth the area of the US.
As this is an on-line resource, there isn't a paper catalogue or a price list. However, you can mail or call a technician about kilns, power supplies, public area safety, a special project, business ideas, diagnostics, repairs, or reselling opportunities.
Cherry Heaven was the name of the business in West London, then the shop in Corfe Castle village. It's now in rural West Holme, South-West England. Although there's no longer a shop, Cherry Heaven is still the working name.
The surrounding countryside includes green farmland, dramatic heritage cliffs, pretty stone cottages, historic buildings, sandy beaches, protected coves, open heathland, hill-top panoramic views, market towns, and peaceful villages. And lively seaside resorts. To look at some photos, use the dorset link below the menu bar near the top of this page.
Paragon Industries started as a family business in 1948. It's now the world's leading manufacturer of kilns and furnaces, and has built over 430,000. The 4,400 square-metre site, in Mesquite, Texas, USA, has over 80 full-time staff. A new 1,700 square-metre warehouse is under construction.
During manufacture, every kiln is checked at every stage by a technician and signed-off before shipping. They're simply but robustly engineered, and you're buying a comprehensive, versatile, safe, low-cost kiln: a kiln with a future.
Paragon kilns are TUV tested, and CL and CSA approved for the US, and are CE Marked for the EU. Paragon is Greek for Model Of Perfection.
|CLASSES AND COURSES|
The Kitiki Studio provided an Art Clay educational programme, as classes, masterclasses, workshops, and Art Clay Level 1 and Level 2 certification. However, as we're in a rural area, I now recommend teachers that might be nearer, so mail or call.
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