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Firing the Kiln at Night

Merry Christmas from all of us at Paragon! (Photo by Kerry A Adamo)

Some people fire their kilns at night while they sleep. The reasons:

1) In some areas you can get lower electric rates at night.

2) Glass casting needs long firing cycles. A firing lasting several days is not unusual for large, heavy glass.

3) High-production studios fire the kilns after-hours in the evening so the kilns will be cool enough to open late the next morning.

If you fire at night, check the kiln near the shut-off time--even if you have to get out of bed. If you've had perfect firings hundreds of times, you might decide, once in awhile, to skip the visit to the studio to check the kilns. With a good firing history, this seems sensible. But it is still a calculated risk. It is like speeding--there is always a risk of getting a ticket.

According to the Orton Ceramic Foundation, the Orton KilnVent reduces cooling time by several hours. A shorter cooling time may help you schedule a firing so that you can check the kiln at a more convenient time.


Our customer service manager, Teri Trice, just delivered an 8-pound baby girl named Tabatha. Congratulations, Teri! A few days after the delivery, Teri actually came to work for a few hours.

My 20-year-old son, Patrick, joined the Coast Guard and moved to Delaware. Christmas has been joyous because of him, and for the first time in his life we don’t have him home for Christmas. But his laughter is only a cell phone call away.

Thank you for reading the Kiln Pointers during 2007. On behalf of all of us at Paragon, I wish you a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year, wherever you may be.

Thank you,

With best wishes,

Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P. - Better Designed Kilns 2011 South Town East Blvd. Mesquite, TX 75149-1122 Voice: 972-288-7557 & 800-876-4328 / Fax: 972-222-0646 /

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