Paragon Janus Dragon
The Janus Dragon is an industrial furnace that fires both pottery and glass. And considering its features, it is surprisingly affordable.
The Janus Dragon exudes power. Its 16,800 watts heat the 24” wide, 24” deep, 27” high interior to cone 10 with ample power to spare. Dropped, recessed grooves seat industrial-gauge wall and roof elements. (You can even order the optional door elements.)
Select between glass and pottery with the flip of a switch. With the switch in the glass position, heat comes from the top elements and the middle sidewall element. With the switch in the pottery position, heat comes from only the sidewall elements.
In the glass mode, fuse and sag large glass projects placed on a single shelf. In the pottery mode, fire to cone 10. You can also fire several shelves of smaller glass pieces using the pottery mode.
You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
The controller has powerful features that you will enjoy using. Yet we have also worked hard to make the controller user-friendly.
Do you ever wonder how much electricity your kiln uses? The digital controller can figure this for you with the press of a button. Find out how little a kiln actually costs to fire. Learn to conserve energy by experimenting with firing speed, load density, etc.
The elements in the roof are mounted in a firebrick “ball” groove that eliminates element pins. The element coils are wider than the groove opening, so the elements stay in place without pins. The groove dissipates heat efficiently.
Extra insulation saves energy. The 4” thick walls, top and door are made of 3” firebrick backed by 1” of ceramic fiber block insulation. The floor is 4 ½” thick firebrick. The extra insulation not only saves energy but also cools slowly. This gives the micro-crystalline structure and color of the glaze sufficient time for full development.
The ventilated switch box is generously louvered for air circulation for the long life of the electrical components. Yet dust is kept to a minimum. Hinged at the bottom, the switch box opens wide for easy maintenance. Open the box in seconds by merely removing two screws at the top. A folding support arm holds the box in the open position. There is plenty of working space around electrical components.
Long-lasting mercury relays power the elements. A bank of built-in NEC/UL compliant high-amperage fuses protects the kiln and circuit wiring.
Potters who struggle with top-loading kilns will enjoy the Janus Dragon. The door swings open wide on a heavy ¾” steel rod with sealed bearings. Two spring-loaded latches press the door tightly closed.
The 24” tall stand is also available with casters for easy moving. The stand is priced separately from the Janus Dragon. Also available is the 8” tall stand, which comes with casters.
When ordering a Janus Dragon, specify whether the stand is to ship separate from the Janus Dragon or pre-installed and shipped as one unit.
The Janus Dragon will fit through a 34” doorway if the handles and back element cover are temporarily removed.
Stainless steel finish
Orton Kiln Mount Vent, which mounts to the back of the kiln
Janus Dragon Features
- Glass/pottery selection switch
- Saves electricity with extra insulation
- Heating elements in the walls and roof mounted in recessed grooves
- Cone 10, 2350°F
- 3” insulating firebrick and 1” non-organic block insulation in walls, top and door: 4” total thickness
- 4 ½” thick firebrick bottom
- 9 cubic foot Interior: 24" wide x 24" deep x 27" tall
- Long-lasting mercury relays
- Type K thermocouple with ¼” sheath, or optional Type-S
- Sentry 2.0 controller with programmed cool-down
- Case temperature at cone 10: 170°F (compared to 400-500°F for standard firebrick kilns)
- Two tapered peepholes in the side
- 1” space between switch box and kiln keeps electrical components cooler for long life.
- Hinged switch box opens easily for maintenance.
- UL/CUL & NEC compliant fuses for safety
- Available in 200, 208, 220, 240, 480 v, 1 & 3 phase
- Proportional power elements for more even heating
The Furniture Kit
The furniture kit consists of carefully selected fireclay shelves and posts for this particular model. When estimating the price of the kiln, include the cost of furniture. The furniture allows you to stack multiple layers of ware. Without it, you could fire only the ware that would fit on the kiln bottom.
Janus Dragon Furniture Kit
1 C-30 Shelf (22” x 22” x 1”)
4 - C30H ½ Shelf
1½” wide Square Posts, 8 each of -
4”, 6”, 8” lengths
1 lb. Bag Kiln Wash
Furniture Kit Shipping Weight: 130 lbs.