|the paragon cs16d glass kiln||here are links for all the other kilns and the on-line shop|
The Paragon Fusion CS16D is a 925°C, square, plug-in, top-opening, table-top kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. Choose Paragon blue or customised berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
The UK-EU kiln is rated at 230V-240V 2400W, so it can use a regular mains socket. It's fitted with a switch that cuts off power to the elements when the kiln is opened: a legal safety requirement. However, never get careless: kilns are very hot and connected to the mains.
The external dimensions are 749mm x 610mm x 876mm high. The body has a 50mm high stand with four rubber feet. The lid has a stay-cool wooden handle and three springs under the kiln for easy one-handed lifting. The kiln base extends 100mm at the back to support the weight of the kiln when it's open. The shipping weight, including the crate, is about 85Kg.
The firing chamber measures 406mm x 406mm x 165mm high, and heats from the top, with the elements in dropped recessed grooves in the 76mm thick firebrick lid. The meeting edges of the lid, body, and base are hardened with refractory cement. The kiln has two electro-mechanical relays and a long-life nickel-chromium K-type thermocouple.
The programmer's electronic display prompts for heating rates, target temperatures, and hold times, making it easy to set up and re-use accurate drying, heating, holding, and cooling sequences.
The accessories, options, and upgrades for this kiln are in the on-line shop:
a berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise respray: normally blue
a low-dust ceramic-fibre lid with a brushed stainless steel top: factory fitted
a programmer upgrade: Sentry Xpress 3-key to a Sentry 12-key: more useful features: factory fitted
a programmer upgrade: Sentry Xpress 3-key to a Sentinel Touch Screen: more useful features: factory fitted
two 162mm x 50mm letter-box style bead-annealing doors: factory fitted
a 75mmx 25mm heat-resistant glass viewing-window: factory fitted
an electric kiln vent: factory fitted
an auxiliary power output for automatic vent control: needs 12-key or touch: factory fitted
a USB computer interface: needs 12-key or touch: factory fitted
a silent long-life mercury relay upgrade: factory fitted
a precision long-life S-type platinum-rhodium thermocouple upgrade: factory fitted
shelf kits and shelf paper
charcoal for the stainless steel container used for firing some metal clays
lost-wax burn-out, casting, and enamelling tray
ceramic fibre cloth
HEPA dust mask
clear protective glasses
|EXTRACTS FROM REVIEWS, AND MY OPINION|
The Fusion CS16D is a fully-programmable professional kiln for general glass work, and ideal for commercial studios as it's guaranteed for two years. There's room for nine 120mm x 120mm glass tiles, a 360mm diameter bowl or plate, or a wine bottle.
The kiln has a Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. Its features include twenty-five free-to-set sequences, each one with up to twenty segments.
You can upgrade to an enhanced Sentry 12-key. Its features include thirty-five free-to-set sequences, each one with up to twenty segments, and automatic control over hardware options: an electric kiln vent, a gas injection system, and a USB computer interface.
Or an advanced touch-screen Sentinel Smart Touch. Its features include those of the Sentry 12-key and real time displays of voltage and current, a novice mode with prompts, firing sequences presented graphically, and wifi connectivity and updates: so a functional upgrade not just a design preference.
It's important to understand the difference between between the Fusion 16, the CS16S, and CS16D. The Fusion 14 has normal opening: the lid. The CS16S has single opening: the lid and body joined together. And the CS16D has double opening: the lid or the body separately.
There are other kilns in the CS and Fusion series, summarised below. To look at these, other kilns, the price list, or shop on line, use the links at the top of the page.
There are five multi-sided top-opening versions: the Fusion 7, 8, 8 XL, and 10 with Sentry Xpress 3-key programmers, and the Fusion Ovation-1013 with a Sentry 12-key programmer.
There are twelve four-sided top-opening versions: the Fusion 14, 16, FibreFuse-16, 19, CS14S, CS14D, CS16S, CS16D, CS19S, and CS19D with Sentry Xpress 3-key programmers, and the CS26 and CS5630 with Sentry 12-key programmers. CS means ClamShell. The CSXXS versions have single opening: the lid and body joined together. The CSXXD have double opening: the lid or the body separately.
Finally, a quote from a user: I really like the two opening options. If I want to arrange glass work I can lift both the lid and the body up giving me easy unobstructed access. If I want to add things or check progress I can just lift the lid so very little heat is lost. The stay-cool wooden handles are safe to use and the integral stand with four rubber feet mean I can stand it anywhere. I didn't need a bead door or a window but those are available with the CSXXS versions.
|THE CS16 RECOMMENDED SHELF KIT|
The US-international kiln doesn't come with a shelf or posts or kiln wash so, if you don't need a shelf, you won't have to pay for one. However, there's a recommended kit, not included in the price: one durable 381mm x 381mm x 15mm cordierite shelf, four 12mm shelf posts, and 450gm of glass separator.
A pro shelf resists thermal fracture, provides a smooth stable work surface, protects the floor of the kiln's interior from glass accidents, and helps to even out any small temperature deviations during annealing, enamelling, firing, and fusing as the elements turn on and off.
Depending on the material or process, and the sizes of your pieces, stacked shelves will hold more work, free up your time, and reduce the unit firing cost, so there's an extra kit, not included in the price: one 381mm x 381mm x 15mm shelf and four posts. This kiln has room for two shelves so you can choose 12mm, 25mm, 50mm, or 75mm props. However, a second shelf might not suit some processes that need direct radiant heat.
The kiln is large enough to accommodate a charcoal-filled stainless steel container needed to fire some makes of bronze clay and copper clay, both described on this internet resource.
Although this kin is never described as a lost-wax burnout kiln, you can buy a lost-wax burnout tray. There are two parts: a stainless steel tray and a metal mesh that fits inside the tray. The melting wax drops into the tray instead of onto the floor of the kiln. The mesh can also be used for supporting beads, enamel work, and fused glass.
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