The Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln
The Vulcan glass blower’s kiln heats approximately 50 pounds of glass to a molten state. Mix custom glass colors. Make huge glass figurines, paperweights, blown vessels, stringers, and much more. Pull your own neon tubing. Make glass castings. The Vulcan is a glass blower’s dream kiln, designed by glass blowers.
Sidewalls are 4 ½” thick. The extra insulation and heavy 12-gauge elements are designed for the stress of very long heat soaks. The deluxe S-Type platinum thermocouple with ceramic protection tube is standard on all Vulcan kilns. This thermocouple far outlasts the standard K-Type.
The Vulcan has a separate bottom section with a row of blank 2 ½” high wall bricks, held in place with spring-twist locks. Should a crucible crack during firing and leak glass onto the kiln bottom, merely replace the damaged bottom section. Since the 2 1/2” high wall section is blank, you won’t worry about damage to a heating element from a crucible “incident.”
The Vulcan comes with a 2”-thick ceramic fiber board retaining ring insert that fits into a recess at the top of the walls. Cut a hole in the center of the fiber board retaining ring to match the size of a crucible. The fiber board holds heat inside the kiln when you open the lid. The Vulcan is 13 ½” wide x 18” deep. The fiber board retaining ring in place reduces the firing chamber to 15” deep.
Program the digital controller for the exact consistency of glass melt that you desire. The hinged lid floats and has a lock-in lid support, which you can remove if you prefer to use the lid chain. You can also use the kiln for pottery or glass fusing. Comes with a one year warranty and heavy-duty stand. (Please note: Due to the long firing cycles of a crucible kiln, the warranty does not cover the heating elements.)
We recommend the optional mercury relay upgrade for long firings. (The relay sends power to the heating elements from the controller.) The mercury relays found on our large industrial kilns outlast mechanical relays. The life of the quiet, reliable mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles.
The Vulcan has five elements. If one element burns out, the kiln will still have 4/5 of its original power. This may not be enough to keep the glass molten, but it will give the glass blower additional time to use up the glass and save the crucible. You will know an element burned out because you will see a drop in temperature.
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.
Wires are fastened to the elements with heat-dissipating connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns. Elements are coiled from the finest high-temperature wire available.
The Vulcan control box is finished in a durable high temperature, water-base blue paint, which releases low emissions during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.
A kiln stand is included at no extra charge. The stand is complete with mar-proof plastic feet.
And, of course, the glass blower’s Vulcan furnace is made in America by skilled workers. Many of them have been with Paragon for over a decade.
Furniture (sold separately): Order the C10-R (10” round x 1/2”) shelf and the correct 1 ½” wide posts to support your crucibles.