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Product: SNF283 Kiln, Model/SKU: SNF283, Price: $3,260.00


Low-Fire Ceramics   

Paragon SnF-28-3

The massive, 12-sided Paragon SnF-28-3 kiln is a profit center of the busy ceramic studio. It eats up stacks of low-fire ware. At a cost per cubic foot, the SNF-28-3 is one of the most economically priced standard kilns we make.

This kiln features a top row of 2” high blank wall bricks. Since the brick is without element grooves, it is less susceptible to damage during loading than a grooved brick.

During busy seasons when orders are backlogged, you will be grateful you own a dependable Paragon kiln. Studio owners call these kilns “real work horses.”

Paragon studio kilns have withstood years of abuse in school environments. High school ceramics teachers fire these kilns unmercifully, without remorse. Yet the kilns keep going. People swear by them.

The SnF-28-3 uses deluxe 3” thick firebrick throughout: in the sidewalls, the reversible brick bottom, and the 3” thick lid. The massive lid is easy to lift with Paragon's patented “LiteLid,” which does away with cumbersome pulleys and cords and reduces lid weight to only several pounds of pressure. Most people can lift the lid with one hand. Unlike pulleys and weights, the LiteLid is self-contained on the kiln. No need to drill holes in the ceiling for pulleys. The LiteLid sharply reduces wear between the lid and top rim of firebrick. The truss and floating lid allow expansion of the lid. Ask competitors if their lid spring includes a truss and floating lid.

A heavy galvanized steel base covers the reversible brick bottom completely. It folds up under the stainless case on all sides to strengthen the firing chamber. This is one more assurance that your Paragon kiln is built to last.

The 24” wide stand for the SnF-28-3 kiln supports the brick bottom with framing that is 4 ½” wide across the top of each side. The stand accommodates the Orton Vent Master. The stand is rock-steady, with 16-gauge frame and heavy 12-gauge legs.

If you move your kiln out of the way when not in use, order an optional deluxe kiln stand with steel casters.

Other Features

  • Lock-in lid support
  • Large, tapered peepholes
  • Ventilated switch box
  • Hand lifts
  • Dropped, recessed brick grooves—no pins needed
  • Heavy duty elements
  • Dust-free coating in the peepholes, both sides of the lid and top rim of firebrick
  • Heavy gauge stainless steel case
  • Operating instructions silk-screened on the switch box
  • Certified to CSA & UL Standard 499
  • Full-formed galvanized steel base plate

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.

Furniture Kit for S-28-3, SnF-28-3, TnF-28-3, Viking-28:

8 C-24H 1/2 Shelves (26” round x ¾” thick)

1 1/2” wide Square Posts, 8 of each -

1”, 2”, 3”, 4”, 5”, 6” lengths

1 lb. Bag Kiln Wash

Furniture Kit Shipping Weight: 164 lbs.


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Product Videos

  • Watch & Listen to P001 The Paragon Kiln Factory Sheetmetal Department (3 min 40 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P003 The Paragon Kiln Factory Round Kiln Assembly Line (6 min 50 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P005 The Paragon Kiln Factory Firebrick Room (6 min 47 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P008 The Paragon Kiln Factory Inspection Station (1 min 50 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to U005 Safe Installation of the Studio Electric Kiln (3 min 9 sec)

  • Specifications

    Max. Temperature










    Breaker Size


    Circuit Copper Wire Size

    6 gauge

    TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499




    IMPORTANT: Some areas such as Canada and Europe require a lid or door safety switch on kilns.

    Control Type

    SnF Non-Digital Automatic





    Nema Details

    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 Type

    Top Loading Round



    Understanding Chamber Measurements

    Chamber Volume

    10.57 CU.FT.
    299.31 litres

    Chamber Width

    28.00 IN
    711 mm

    Chamber Depth

    29.00 IN
    737 mm

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

    Outer Size

    36.30W x 45.50D x 48.00H Inches
    922W x 1156D x 1219H mm

    The external kiln height includes a 9.5" tall stand.

    Ship Size

    41.50W x 46.50D x 44.50H Inches
    1054W x 1181D x 1130H mm

    Ship Weight

    430.00 Lbs.
    195.05 Kg.

    Ship Method & Notations

    This Kiln Ships Via Truck

    Part Number

    SNF283   * Base Model





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    Part Number





    Recommended furniture kit for the Paragon S-28-3, SnF-28-3, TnF-28-3, Viking-28, and equivalent sized kilns. Included:

    8 C-24H 1/2 Shelves (26” round x 3/4” half)

    1” wid


    T-2 Pyrometer

    Pyrometer, needle indicator, 2200 degrees F maximum temperature. Includes a K-type thermocouple.


    VENTMAST120, Not Installed

    KILNVENT MASTER 120V M9 VENT MASTER (Installed after the kiln is set up)

    The patented Orton Vent Master not only vents fumes but also improves firing results.

    It pulls fresh oxygen into the kiln for brighter colors, especially notice



    24" wide x 12 1/4" tall deluxe stand with casters. Conveniently move your kiln out of the way when not in use. Heavy-duty stands remain rock-steady with power pressed steel frame and reinforced legs. 2" smooth rolling steel casters included. Shipped



    6" tile holder saves space, allows air to circulate around tiles for even heating. Reduces warping. Holds tile without touching the glazed surface. Holds 9 6" x 6" tiles. Exterior: 7 1/2"W x 10"H x 6 1/4"D.


    Firing Safety Glasses

    Wear firing safety glasses whenever looking into the firing chamber of a hot kiln. Filters the infra-red and ultra-violet light. Reduces glare, makes pyrometric cones easier to see.

    Paragon no longer sells firing safety glasses. Instead, you


    KS-4 Kiln Sitter Firing Gauge

    Periodically check the adjustment of your Kiln Sitter. It takes only a moment. Use of the firing gauge is essential to the successful operation of the Kiln Sitter.


    DT2-7 Digital Hand-Held Pyrometer, Degrees F

    Measure high temperatures with digital accuracy on a modest budget. The DT2-7 digital pyrometer measures kiln temperature for improved firing results. With the DT2-7 you can fire copper enameling, control the cooling rate of difficult glazes, or know


    Lid Safety Switch

    The optional lid safety switch turns off power to the heating elements when the lid is raised. The controller remains powered. The switch turns the power to the elements back on when the lid is closed. The switch mounts to the back of the lid. IMPORT


    DT2-9 Digital Hand-Held Pyrometer, Degrees C

    Enjoy digital accuracy on a modest budget. The DT2-9 digital pyrometer measures kiln temperature for improved firing results. With the DT2-9 you can fire copper enameling, control the cooling rate of difficult glazes, or know when to begin monitoring


    PY-71 Thermocouple with Lead Wires and Plug

    Thermocouple, K-type, with 5’ lead wires for the DT2-7 pyrometer. 4 1/4” long thermocouple fits into a 1/4” wide hole. Thermocouple flat-pin mini connector fits many meters such as the Fluke 53/54 IIB.



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    Legend: * = Base Model

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