Caldera Digital Kiln - 120 Volt - Width: 8.0" - Height: 8.0" - Depth: 6.75" - Paragon
Make jewelry from the amazing silver, bronze, and copper clays that are shaped with simple tools and fired. Fire ceramics, porcelain, or stoneware jewelry. When you are ready to try something new, fire china, decals, enameling, and glass in Paragon’s digital Caldera kiln. Glass compatibility and glaze color tests are fast and easy. The Caldera fires rapidly to 2350°F/1287°C.
Steel Stand, Stackable Design
The Caldera ships with a sturdy 2 3/4" high x 14" x 12 3/4" steel stand, complete with mar-proof rubber feet. With a separate top and bottom, the Caldera is stackable and portable. The kiln is easy to carry in sections to seminars. Take it with you on vacation retreats. For a digital kiln that can do this much, the Caldera is a bargain.
Imagine the glass you could make with this kiln: Sag, slump, and fuse. Make small bowls, pendants, earrings, cufflinks, and even bracelets. Enjoy glittering dichroic glass. This kiln will give you a haven of creative enjoyment that you will especially appreciate when life gets hectic. You will soon find that glass fusing is addictive.
The joy of testing
You will never outgrow a small kiln. If you later buy a larger one, you can continue to use the small one for testing and small projects. Perfect a new design in the small kiln before running production quantities in the large kiln. A small test kiln is invaluable in solving ceramic glaze problems and perfecting difficult glazes such as crystallines.
The Caldera in the classroom
A Caldera is a nice addition to school programs. A test kiln is relatively inexpensive. Students can make gifts in the Caldera in time for a birthday or holiday instead of waiting until the school’s large kiln is fired. A test kiln creates enthusiasm for a clay program. Students can test glazes while they feel the momentum instead of waiting to fire them in the large kiln.
New teachers inherit bags of unlabeled clay in their classrooms. Many kiln loads of ware have been ruined because they were fired to the wrong temperature. With a Caldera kiln, you can easily test unlabeled clay.
Strong lap joints
To strengthen the firing chamber, the firebrick corners are fitted together with L-shaped notches. This type of joint lasts longer than the butted joint and the "picture frame" mitered joint found on competitive brands. The base is versatile and can be flipped if one side is damaged. The lid and base are interchangeable unless you order the lid with a glass window.
This kiln is built to last. Elements are coiled from the finest high-temperature wire available. They use heat-dissipating element connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns.
- 2 ½” insulating refractory firebricks
- Dropped, recessed brick grooves protect the element for long life.
- Vented switch box, heavy duty wiring for years of reliable service.
- Heavy-duty steel stand with mar-proof feet
Thermocouple with “special limit” wire
The thermocouple senses temperature inside the kiln. It is the small rod that extends into the firing chamber. The ¼” wide Type-K, 14-gauge, exposed-tip thermocouple is made with special-limit wire for superior accuracy. The exposed tip gives the controller a fast response time for even temperatures during holds. The thermocouple is made in America to our exacting standards.
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.
- Max Temp: 2350° F | 1287° C
- Voltage: 120
- Amps: 14
- Phase: 1
- Hertz: 60
- Watts: 1680
- Cordset: NEMA 5-15R
- Controller: Sentry Xpress 4.0 Digital 3-key
- Door Type: Top Loading Square
- Sides: 4
- Chamber Volume: 0.25 CU.FT. | 7.08 Liters
- Width: 8.0″ - 203mm
- Depth: 6.75″ - 171mm
- Height: 8.0″ - 203mm
- Outer Size: 13.0″W x 19.5″D x 13.75″H | 330W x 495D x 349H mm - The external kiln height includes a 2.5" tall stand.
- Ship Size: 25.0″W x 18.0″D x 16.0″H | 635W x 457D x 406H mm
Ratings & Reviews
SIMPLE, LIGHT, EFFECTIVE
by Justin C -
This was my first kiln that was not an analog hand me down or a homemade. Needless to say this is a dream come true, the digital controller is so simple and effective! Once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless. The interior heats very quickly and very evenly so my red batches all fire at the correct colors with good consistency. Glass was the only media I could use until this arrived and since then my days are spent annealing glass and nights firing pottery and slumping!!! Weight on the kiln is moderate, while its not a lightweight, I am glad they use the lightweight bricks to build it, and I dont see any issues with this being used for the traveling artist, 110v and modular!! I ended up buying both collars, one for beading and the other for tall ceramic and glass pieces and sure am glad I did, additional space is awesome! Drawbacks.... this is difficult since there are none on this unit that I would mention! I cant find anything I do not love about this machine, and I spent 4 years working with ones I built exactly how I wanted! The last thing is how fast this kiln heats up!! When the inspiration comes, I can barely prep my color rods before its ready to rock and since programs are stored you just pick and play!!
Great small kiln
by Trevor L -
I absolutely love this little guy. It can be run on a standard household 15 amp circuit. I've used mine for everything from casting to surface mount reflow soldering of custom PCBs. If you're looking to use this for lampworking I strongly recommend getting the enamelling collar, the beading collar is great, but it can be a tight fit when working with tubing. As a starter kiln, or a small test kiln you really can't go wrong.