If you have difficulty loading deep kilns, we recommend the 22 ¼” deep S-23-3. If you need extra firing capacity in a short kiln, consider the 12-sided TnF-27-3.
During busy seasons when orders are backlogged, you will be grateful you own a dependable Paragon kiln such as the S-23-3. 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.
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.
The 10-sided S-23-3 comes in deluxe 3” thick sidewalls, lid and bottom. This is 20% thicker than the standard 2 ½” thick bricks. Since the S-23-3 is designed to fire porcelain and stoneware, it will easily handle low-fire ware.
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.
The 24” wide stand for 10 & 12-sided kilns 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.
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.
If you move your S-23-3 kiln out of the way when not in use, order an optional deluxe kiln stand with steel casters.
Something to consider if you already own a 12-sided kiln: Why purchase a 10-sided kiln such as the S-23-3 when you produce enough ware to fill a 12-sided kiln? It is because some ware fires more efficiently in a 10-sided kiln. Example: 10- and 12-sided kilns both fire four 10” wide bowls per shelf. When you own both sizes of kilns, you can choose the most efficient kiln for each size of ware. The 10-sided kiln is a good choice for those whose production depends on short firing cycles. Since 10-sided kilns are smaller than 12-sided, they can heat and cool faster. The 10-sided shelves are lighter than the 12-sided, and easier to lift.
- 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 Janus-23, S-23-3, SnF-23-3 & TnF-23-3
6 C-23H 1/2 Shelves, 20” 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: 77 lbs.
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.