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Price: $4,349.00
Manufacturer: Paragon Industries
Part No: TNF-27-3

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Paragon TnF-27-3 Ceramic Kiln

The TnF-27-3 is easier to load than the deeper studio kilns. It is only 22 ¼” deep, yet larger inside than the 29” deep 10-sided 24-series kilns.

Kiln no longer comes standard with a stand. You will need to order a kiln stand with steel casters.

The TnF-27-3 features sectional construction. Separate the kiln bottom and two sections to repair bricks, change elements, or to move the kiln down narrow stairwells or through the narrowest doorways. Twist-lock spring latches hold the assembled collars securely.

The top row of brick in the TnF-27-3 is 2” high and without element grooves. It is less susceptible to damage during loading than a grooved brick.

The massive, 12-sided Paragon digital TnF-27-3 kiln is a profit center of the busy ceramic studio. It eats up stacks of low-fire ware as well as porcelain and stoneware. It is rated to a full cone 10. At a cost per cubic foot, the TnF-27-3 is one of the most economically priced standard kilns we make.

During busy seasons when orders are backlogged, you will be grateful you own a dependable Paragon kiln. 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.

Easy Access Switch Box

Hinged at the bottom, the switch box on 8, 10 & 12 sided TnF kilns opens forward for easy maintenance. A folding support arm holds the box in the open position. The Sentry is mounted at the top of the switch box within easy reach. Operate it from a comfortable position.

The TnF-27-3 uses deluxe 3” thick firebrick throughout: in the sidewalls, the reversible brick bottom, and the 3” thick lid. 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.

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.

You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.

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. Learn to conserve energy by experimenting with firing speed, load density, etc.

Other Features

  • 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
Optional Type-S Thermocouple Option
Optional Type-S premium-grade thermocouple for 2 1/2" - 3" wall kilns. Ideal for firings above cone 4. It is extremely long lasting even at stoneware temperatures. Note: If ordered separately and added later, make sure to select the correct thermocouple type under Options on your Sentry controller.
VentMaster Venting Option
Auto Cone (kiln-sitter) Safety Backup Option
Lid Safety Switch Option
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.
3 Zone Control Option
Improve temperature uniformity. The standard digital Paragon kiln is single zone; 3-zone is a factory-installed option that controls temperature from 3 separate locations in the kiln.
Upgrade to Mercury Relays
Order your new kiln with the mercury relay upgrade, which is a single TF-15 mercury relay. The mercury relay is quiet and reliable. The life of a mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles. Mercury relays outlast the standard mechanical relays and are available as an option on new kilns.

Max. Temperature










Breaker Size


Circuit Copper Wire Size

6 gauge

TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499




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

Control Type

Sentry Digital 12-key Ceramics





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 Round



Understanding Chamber Measurements

Chamber Volume

8.11 CU.FT.
229.65 litres

Chamber Width

28.00 IN
711 mm

Chamber Depth

22.25 IN
565 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

36.30W x 49.80D x 40.00H Inches
922W x 1265D x 1016H mm

The external kiln height includes a 9.5" tall stand.

Ship Size

47.00W x 42.00D x 41.00H Inches
1194W x 1067D x 1041H mm

Ship Weight

420.00 Lbs.
190.51 Kg.

Ship Method & Notations

This Kiln Ships Via Truck

Part Number

2561111G00   * Base Model

KILNVENT MASTER 120V M9 VENT MASTER (Installed after the kiln is set up) The patented Orton Vent Master not only vents fumes but also improves firing results. 

The Auto-Cone is an optional factory-installed safety backup for digital kilns. It comes without the Limit Timer. The Auto-Cone is housed in a separate box on the side of the kiln. The price shown below is for the Auto-Cone backup ordered for a new digital kiln.

The Auto-Cone operates the same as the earlier Dawson Kiln Sitter. Mount a small cone on the cone supports. Since the Auto-Cone is a safety backup, the cone should be one to two cones hotter than the programmed firing. Thus, the digital controller can still turn off the kiln at the proper time.

Orton improved the basic Kiln Sitter design. The Auto-Cone uses a more durable metal in the sensing rod and cone supports that withstands high temperatures better than stainless steel. They also chrome-plated the swivel parts to help resist corrosion. Each Auto-Cone comes with a screwdriver, allen wrenches, and a downloadable operating manual.

Even though a kiln is equipped with the Auto-Cone backup shut-off, you should still monitor the kiln from time to time during operation. We cannot guarantee a kiln against overfiring.

The Optional 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 TnF-27-3:

6 C-24H 1/2 Shelves (26” round x ¾” thick)

1 1/2” wide Square Posts, 6 of each -

1”, 2”, 3”, 4”, 5”, 6” lengths

1 lb. Bag Kiln Wash

Furniture Kit Shipping Weight: 145 lbs.

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