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Paragon F130 Elite Front Loading Digital Kiln with Mercury Relays

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$1743.00 Retail

$349.00 Savings


**ON SALE $1,394- RETAIL $1,743**

Paragon F-130 Elite Lamp Working Kiln with Mercury Relays

**Please note: This kiln requires a 5-20 R Nema Receptacle and 20 Amp service. This may require professional electrical installation**

You can make figurines up to 12” tall in the F130 Elite. Anneal large glass beads and marbles. Raise the spring-loaded vertical-drop door to insert a glass figurine with a punty rod. Lower the door. The punty rod will extend outside the firing chamber through the smaller punty rod door. This allows even large glass pieces to anneal safely.

Enjoy the glittering beauty of dichroic glass. The build quality and easy to use garage door will save you time and frustration for years to come.

New thicker firebricks

The firebricks in the roof, walls, door, and bottom are 3” thick. This is 20% more insulation than the standard 2 1/2” firebricks in the walls and bottom of our earlier F130 kilns. The extra insulation enables the F-130 to maintain a temperature hold with greater ease.

Sidewall heating elements

Sidewall heat is now standard in the F-130. The element heats from the sides and back of the kiln in dropped, recessed wall grooves. We recommend that you order the optional safety door switch, which turns off the element when the door is raised. (The temperature controller will continue to operate when the safety switch turns off the elements.)

If you prefer an element in the top instead of the walls, please specify when you place your order. The price of the F-130 is the same whether the element is in the walls or the top. Top elements are mounted in deluxe pinless element grooves. For an extra fee, you can also order top and sidewall elements in the same kiln.

Deluxe door gaskets

Because of a gap under the small punty rod door, you can usually close the door all the way even when mandrels extend past the firing chamber. This helps to retain the heat in the kiln. Powerful, rare-earth magnets hold the punty rod door in the open and closed positions. To further retain heat, the 4” x 8” punty rod door is 2” thick and includes two woven, flexible high-temperature gaskets.

New slide-out mandrel holder

An adjustable mandrel holder has been added to the front of the kiln. Adjust it horizontally and vertically without tools. Position the heavy-duty welded mandrel holder from 4 1/2” to 13” in front of the main section of kiln floor. (Note: The firebrick extension on the front of the kiln extends 3” beyond the front edge of the kiln floor.) Then tighten the mandrel holder with the thumb screws on each side of the kiln. The holder slides inside steel tubes ingeniously mounted in the base of the kiln. The stainless steel mandrel rest, which includes 7 slots, can also be adjusted vertically.

New sloped control panel

The control panel is angled for easy viewing and operation of the digital controller. Program the kiln from a comfortable position. The controller, pilot light, and switch are mounted on a brushed stainless steel plate. Gain easy access to the electrical components by removing the front panel.

Convenient digital temperature controller

Maintain the annealing temperature indefinitely with the Sentry Xpress 3-key controller. The controller is packed with features. It includes two firing modes: Single Speed and 8-segment Ramp-Hold. Single Speed mode is especially easy and quick to learn. The thermocouple, which senses the temperature, is protected with a high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long, trouble free life.

Features of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller on Paragon glass kilns

Program the kiln with up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode.

Fire to a single temperature at a single speed in the easy Single Speed mode.

Ramp-Hold mode can store 4 programs.

Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold during firing on the fly (without having to stop the kiln to reprogram).

Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold on the fly during firing.

Hold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold.

Add Hold Time on the fly during firing.

Control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.

For accuracy, Program Review lets you check the program you are about to fire.

Temperature Alarm will sound when the kiln reaches an alarm temperature that you program. Use this to remind yourself to check on the kiln.

Temperature display throughout firing and cooling in your choice of °F or °C

Thermocouple Offset adjusts the thermocouple readout.

Set the Delay to turn on the kiln later to suit your schedule.

Error Messages report mechanical problems such as a disconnected thermocouple, stuck relay or broken element.

12 Month Warranty

LED Lights show whether you are in program, review, or firing mode.

Colorful, illustrated instruction manual. Learn to use the controller before you decide to buy the kiln.

Stainless steel rod warmer

To save production time, pre-heat glass rods on top of the kiln. The 5” long stainless steel rod warmer is slotted for five rods.

Made in America

The kiln is made at the Paragon factory in Mesquite, Texas, which is about 20 minutes east of Dallas. Their kilns are not merely assembled—they are hand crafted by skilled workers. Fifty-one percent of them have been with Paragon for over a decade. Even the instruction manuals are printed by offset at our Mesquite, Texas factory.


2 Year warranty from date of purchase on the entire kiln.

Tested by TUV

And for your safety, the F-130 is tested by TUV, Germany’s leading testing lab, to meet UL and CSA standards. The F-130 operates on 120 volts. If you prefer, you can order the F-130 in 240 volts. The kiln includes an on/off switch for your convenience.

Instruction manuals

Included with your kiln is a 16-page controller instruction manual and a quick start programming guide, all written in plain English and fully illustrated.

Basic kiln features

On/off switch

Safety pilot light

Dropped, recessed sidewall element grooves

3” insulating refractory firebricks in the roof, walls and bottom

Electrical components stay cool in a slotted base.

Precisely balanced spring-loaded vertical-drop door

Double gaskets under the 2" thick, 4” x 8” punty rod door

Thermocouple with high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long life

Rare earth magnets hold the punty rod door open or closed.

Deluxe mercury relay

Stainless steel sheet metal screws

TUV tested to UL and CSA standards.

Made in the USA


Max. Temperature1700F

Breaker Size20
Circuit Copper Wire Size12 gauge
TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499Y
IMPORTANT: Some areas such as Canada and Europe require a lid or door safety switch on kilns.

Control Type

Sentry Xpress 4.0 Digital 3-Key

Disclaimer: The specifications above assume that the kiln will be plugged into a dedicated circuit. Local electric codes supersede our recommendations.The pricing and electrical specifications for the above products reflect their design for use in the United States. The International versions of most models will have variations in electrical specifications and price due to consumer safety requirements or electrical regulations.
Kiln TypeFront Loading Square
Understanding Chamber Measurements
Chamber Volume0.90 CU.FT.

25.49 litres
Chamber Width11.00 IN

279 mm
Chamber Depth11.00 IN

279 mm
Chamber Height13.00 IN

330 mm

The Outer Size of the Kiln and the Shipping Size: Width = Left to Right; Depth = Front to Back; Height = Top to Bottom

Outer Size22.00W x 26.00D x 28.75H Inches

559W x 660D x 730H mm
Ship Size28.50W x 28.50D x 35.25H Inches

724W x 724D x 895H mm
Ship Weight173.00 Lbs.

78.47 Kg.
Ship Method & NotationsThis Kiln Ships Via Truck

Ratings & Reviews

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paragon f130

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This kiln offers all the same abilities of the f120, but has my personal preference of being taller instead of wider. The user friendly digital controller offers a variety of programs making this a great beginners kiln, or for any level of artist.

Full Package Kiln

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I absolutely love this kiln. I considered many options before making this purchase but decided on the added height over the F-120 to give me more potential down the road. It took some extra time and funds, but I am 100% glad I went with this Kiln over anything smaller. It has a great design/function, is easy to use as a beginner, and will fulfill my kiln needs for a long time, if not always. Thank you Paragon and MGA for the help. I have no complaints with the F-130 and fully recommend it if you are considering it.

Great kiln

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First kiln I bought, absolutely love it!! Came with great instructions on how to set the stages. Ten times easier to use than the analog! Easy loading rack that is moveable !! And came shipped in perfect condition!! Wrapped it like a baby!!! Not even a scratch when it arrived!! One 100% the real deal!!! Also, love the garage style door!!!

Best investment

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Just picked this kiln up and absolutely love it. plenty of room for batch annealing. fits great on my bench!

Awesome Kiln

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First kiln I ever bought.Was impressed from the beginning with how well it was packed for shipping.Great kiln,easy to program.Perfect for many aspects of the glass arts.Thanks

Old Blue

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As a full time lampworker this kiln is my go to. Easy to open doors, fast ramping time, enough height and width, perfect for kiln shelves and easy to use control panel. With the new ergo face, the much better rod rest, mercury relays for longevity, and new kilns bricks make my purchase even more rewarding. Definitely my go to kiln if I had to buy again.

Just what I was looking for.

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This kiln is incredible for the price. The build quality is outstanding and the shipping and handling by Mountain art was done extremely well. If your looking for a medium to large size kiln that you can grow into this is the one.


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This was the second Kiln I purchased and is my favorite. Can fit a a lot of finished glass with shelves and still room for bigger pieces. very easy to pull pieces in and out when working.

Reliable Product

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Paragon makes some of the best kiln out there, and mountain glass make buying one easy. They made sure it was crated nice and secure, so it arrived in perfect condition.