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MSRP: $913.00
Price: $777.00
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Manufacturer: Paragon Industries
Part No: S1223-1
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Paragon Caldera XL-KS

Fire porcelain, stoneware, china, ceramics, and decals in Paragon’s Caldera XL-KS. Test glazes and glaze application ideas before running production quantities in a large studio kiln.

You will never outgrow a small kiln. If you eventually buy a larger kiln, continue to use the Caldera XL-KS for testing or small projects. Carry it with you to seminars or on vacation; hand lifts on the sides aid in moving the kiln.

The Caldera XL-KS in the Classroom

A Caldera XL-KS is a nice addition to school programs. A test kiln is relatively inexpensive. With the Caldera XL-KS, students can make gifts in time for a birthday or holiday instead of waiting until the school’s large kiln is fired. A test kiln creates enthusiasm for a clay program. Students can test glazes while they feel the momentum instead of waiting to fire them in the large kiln.

New teachers inherit bags of unlabeled clay in their classrooms. Many loads of clay have been ruined because they were fired to the wrong temperature. With a Caldera XL-KS kiln, you can easily test unlabeled clay. Teach your students to fire this little kiln as part of your clay program.

The Infinite Control Switch

The Caldera XL-KS operates without electronics or timers. It uses a reliable infinite control switch to adjust the heating rate. This switch has been proven for many years in Paragon kilns.

The infinite control switch contains a bi-metallic timer that cycles on and off. The higher the switch setting, the longer the heating elements stay on during each cycle. When the switch is turned to High, the heating elements stay on continuously.

The Orton Auto-Cone Shutoff Device

The Caldera XL-KS is equipped with the Orton Kiln Sitter Auto-Cone, a cone-activated automatic shutoff device. The Auto-Cone is dependable and accurate when loaded and fired properly.

A small pyrometric cone placed in the Auto-Cone bends to maturity and turns off the kiln. (A pyrometric cone is a small pyramid of clay that bends when the ware has received the proper amount of heat work. Cones and ceramic materials are rated by cone number.)

Note: Please monitor the kiln during firing and check it near the expected shutoff time. Do not completely depend on any shutoff device, mechanical or electronic.

Built to Last

The firebrick corners of the Caldera XL-KS are fitted together with L-shaped notches for extra strength. This type of joint lasts longer than the butted joint and the "picture frame" mitered joint found on competitive brands.

The inner and outer lid surfaces and the top rim of sidewall firebricks are hardened and sealed with a refractory coating that protects the ware from dust. The firing chamber, including the lid and bottom, is made of 3” thick firebricks, 20% thicker than standard 2 1/2” bricks. A heavy steel base supports the brick bottom. No extra stand is needed.

We make the heating elements from the finest high-temperature wire available. Paragon uses heat-dissipating barrel-shaped element connectors refined and proven over many years in our kilns. The stainless steel case and lid band include case tighteners for easy maintenance.

Water-Base Paint

The Caldera XL-KS control box is painted with a durable high temperature, water-base finish. We use water-base paint because of the low emissions during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.

UPS Shipping

The Caldera XL-KS can ship by UPS. Enjoy a lower shipping cost and faster service. Specially designed cartons and foam padding assure that the kiln will arrive safely.

Creative Satisfaction

The heat of the kiln offers wonderful surprises. Glazes undergo a complete transformation in the kiln. Opening a kiln to view your masterpieces is a joy you will never outgrow. Get your family involved and create priceless memories using your kiln.

The Optional Furniture Kit

The furniture kit consists of carefully selected fireclay shelves and posts for the Caldera XL or Caldera XL-KS. 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.

  • 2 - C-7 Shelves (7” x 7” square x 5/8”)
    1” wide Square Posts, 4 each of - 1”, 3”, 5”
    1 lb. Bag Kiln Wash

    Optional 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. IMPORTANT: The lid safety switch is required in some areas such as Canada and Europe.

    Made in the USA

    The Caldera XL is proudly made in Mesquite, Texas by master craftspeople. Half of our factory employees have been at Paragon for at least 10 years. Phone calls during business hours are answered by a live person at the Mesquite factory. We are open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Thursday. These expanded hours allow us to serve customers in differing time zones. Call us—we would enjoy hearing from you. Our customer service representatives will be glad to help you after the sale, even long after the kiln is out of warranty, and at no charge.

    Specifications

    Max. Temperature

    2350F
    1287C

    Amps

    15

    Phase

    1

    Watts

    1800

    Nema

    5-15R

    Breaker Size

    20

    Circuit Copper Wire Size

    12 gauge

    TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499

    N

    CE

    N

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

    Control Type


    Infinite Switch with Kiln Sitter

    Voltage

    120

    Hertz

    60









    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 Square

    Sides

    4

    Understanding Chamber Measurements

    Chamber Volume

    0.29 CU.FT.
    8.21 litres

    Chamber Length

    7.50 IN
    191 mm

    Chamber Width

    7.50 IN
    191 mm

    Chamber Depth

    9.00 IN
    229 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

    17.00W x 20.00D x 17.50H Inches
    432W x 508D x 445H mm

    Ship Size

    27.50W x 20.50D x 24.00H Inches
    699W x 521D x 610H mm

    Ship Weight

    75.00 Lbs.
    34.02 Kg.

    Doorway Clearance Needed

    17.00 Inches
    431.80 mm

    Ship Method & Notations

    This Kiln Ships Via UPS





    Part Number

    S1223-1   * Base Model



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