Paragon CS-26 Glass Fusing Kiln
Paragon’s square CS-26 digital glass clamshell kiln is easy to load, because the top and walls lift out of the way, giving you full access to the kiln bottom. Assemble glass projects directly onto a shelf inside the kiln. Add stringers and glass frit to delicate designs. Since you can assemble pieces without having to move them before firing, you can often do away with glue. After the kiln shelf is loaded and you are ready to fire, lower the kiln top.
Imagine the glass murals you could make with the CS-26. Fuse and slump glass bowls and plates. Imagine how many pendants, earrings, or cufflinks you could fire in one load. Make your own glass bracelets. Try glass techniques that you’ve learned at seminars or online glass forums. Add glittering dichroic glass to your artwork. Make gifts that your loved ones will display in glass cases and enjoy for perhaps generations. When you own a Paragon CS-26, you can experiment with glass fusing to your heart’s content. You will have the freedom to experiment any time you want.
The Top is Easy to Lift
Heavy-duty air pistons lighten the top. The comfortable lid handle stays cool and extends across the width of the kiln for convenient opening. A woven rope seal mounted on all four sides of the top acts as a gasket and cushions the top. The mating surfaces between the kiln top and bottom are hardened and sealed with a special refractory coating.
The top of the kiln is protected with a sleek outer black sheet metal cover. The element connectors in the lid stay cool because of ventilation slots and a 3” air gap between the outer cover and a secondary inner steel cover. As you can see, we have gone all out in the sturdy construction of the CS-26.
Quartz Tubes Help Eliminate Dust
The lid elements are protected in six quartz tubes for a cleaner kiln interior. There is less dust in the kiln, because there are no element grooves in the firebrick top, which is one continuous, smooth surface. The quartz tubes protect the elements from contamination with foreign materials that could shorten the element life. The tubes absorb very little heat, allowing the elements to heat the firing chamber efficiently. Quartz tubes also protect the user from contact with the elements.
Elements in the Top and Sides for Superior Heat Distribution
For unsurpassed heat distribution, the CS-26 includes not only quartz-tube-enclosed elements in the top but also three rows of sidewall elements. The sidewall element coils are protected in dropped, recessed grooves for long life.
Mercury Relay for Your Peace of Mind
The CS-26 has features not found on many competitive kilns. For instance, a mercury relay is standard on this kiln. The relay sends power to the heating elements on command from the digital controller. The industrial-grade mercury relay in the CS-26 far outlasts mechanical relays. The life of the quiet, reliable mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles. The mercury relay is the longest-lasting relay we sell.
Easy Maintenance Control Panel
The sleek CS-26 is designed for easy maintenance. You can quickly remove the sloped front control panel for easy access to the electrical components. They are thoughtfully laid out for quick maintenance inside a large working area. The ventilation slots keep the control panel cool. The control panel includes an on/off switch and a pilot light. For your convenience, flip the switch to turn off power to the controller.
Reliability at the Heart of the Kiln
The CS-26 has a two-year warranty. The temperature sensor, or thermocouple, is sheathed with high-nickel stainless steel for long life. A heavy steel base supports the reversible brick bottom completely. The base comes with mar-proof rubber feet. The walls and bottom are made from hand-selected insulating firebricks. These features are extra assurance that your Paragon kiln is built to last.
Costly heavy-gauge nickel-plated copper wiring is covered with high temperature glass-braided insulation. The thermocouple, which senses temperature inside the kiln, is protected with a high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long life. The CS-26 uses the digital 12-key Sentry 2.0 controller.
The CS-26 is painted with a durable high temperature, water-base finish. We chose water-base paint because of the low emissions during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.
The Ease of Digital Firing
You will enjoy the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firing so you do not need to closely watch the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln occasionally during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) You can try a demonstration of the controller on your computer by clicking here. The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
Paragon’s innovative Sentry controller will help you achieve consistent results from one firing to the next. 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.
Made in USA
Paragon kilns are made in America to exacting standards. As part of our relentless pursuit of perfection, Paragon kilns go through a rigorous inspection before crating. When you call Paragon during business hours, a customer service professional will answer the phone. Your call is too valuable to be sent to an answering system.
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.
Optional colors at no extra charge
Brighten your studio with color! Order your kiln in one of our standard colors at no extra charge . . . berry, black, blue, hot pink, jade, navy, purple, or turquoise. Scroll down to see color samples in the options section.