Paragon Caldera Kiln - Ceramics, Base Metal Clay, Glass, Porcelain and more

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Expand your creative horizons and work with ceramics, porcelain, glass, and base metal clay! The Paragon Caldera Kiln is perfect for firing a wide range of materials including silver, porcelain, base metal clays, enamel, glass, and ceramics with a max temperature of 1290ºC.

Ideal for base metal clay work - this work horse of a kiln is designed to cope with the higher temperature, longer and slower firings needed to succeed with bronze, copper, steel and iron clay. Make ceramic bowls and mugs, pendants, earrings, cufflinks, and even bracelets. Play with glass fusing, sagging, and slumping. Test glass compatibility, ceramic glazes and firing temperatures before making larger pieces requiring your larger kiln. 

For a digital kiln that can do this much, the Caldera is a bargain!

“I love, love, love the Caldera. I not only fuse glass and work in metal clay, but I teach a lot of classes, so I'm firing the kiln all the time. It is a true workhorse. In three years I have not had one problem with it. I have done drop ring vases, small pot melts, small dishes, and candleholders in it.”

- Lisel Crowley 

Reliable construction

This kiln is built to last. Elements are coiled from the finest high-temperature wire available. They use heat-dissipating element connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns.

  • 2 ½” insulating refractory firebricks
  • Dropped, recessed brick grooves protect the element for long life.
  • This kiln is built to last with insulating firebricks, able to fire hotter for longer.
  • Vented switch box, heavy duty wiring for years of reliable service.
  • Heavy-duty steel stand with mar-proof feet
  • Strong lap joints
  • Max temperature of 1287ºC (2350°F).
  • Exposed heating elements are easily replaceable, making repairs easy.

In the US, the Caldera is modular, so the base, body, and lid are all separate parts and the lid can just lift off (leaving live elements exposed). UK and EU safety regulations requires a safety switch which will cut off the power to the elements if the kiln is opened. All Caldera kilns sold by us come with this additional lid tilt-switch, and the lid is attached with a hinge on the main body section.

"I purchased a Paragon Caldera with a digital controller. I am a hobbyist making small jewelry pieces, beads, and buttons. My ceramic buttons and beads are handmade with stoneware clay fired to cone 6. I must tell you, I am SO pleased with my baby kiln. It does a beautiful job every time and is so easy to run. I love it and will recommend one to whoever asks! Thank you for putting out such a great product!"

- Marti Conrad, Harrisville

Strong lap joints

To strengthen the firing chamber, the firebrick corners are fitted together with L-shaped notches. This type of joint lasts longer than the butted joint and the "picture frame" mitred joint found on competitive brands. The base is versatile and can be flipped if one side is damaged.

Thermocouple with “special limit” wire

The thermocouple senses temperature inside the kiln. It is the small rod that extends into the firing chamber. The ¼” wide Type-K, 14-gauge, exposed-tip thermocouple is made with special-limit wire for superior accuracy. The exposed tip gives the controller a fast response time for even temperatures during holds.

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.

"In my opinion the Caldera digital is the number one choice for multi-purpose firing arts. We originally purchased it to fuse Dichroic glass jewelry but were quickly able to expand our product line to include Fine Silver, Copper, Bronze and other mixed metals, Annealing of Lamp worked Beads and Boro marbles, Raku and Ceramics, and Enameling with the help of this versatile kiln. I prefer a brick kiln for firing the newer versions of high fire metal clays requiring temps over 1030°C. The Caldera has a great sized chamber for the stainless steel containers used to hold the carbon required for the base metal clays; plus the top loading chamber makes adding additional carbon into a hot steel container safer and easier than with a front loading kiln when performing two part base metal firings. Don't get me wrong, I love my SC-2 muffle kiln, but there are just some things at which I feel my Caldera is better. For the price you can't go wrong for this much durability and versatility."

- Julie Cannariato, ArtZcat Creations

Chamber dimensions

203mm long x 203mm wide x 171mm high

Chamber volume

7.08 litres

Outer dimensions

330mm W x 495mm D x 349mm H
These measurements include the 70mm tall stand.

Shipping weight

22.68kg

Heating elements

Top Firing

Electrical

230/240V, 1680W, 7A, 1 phase.

Max. temperature

1287° C / 2350° F

Thermocouple:

KType Nickel-Chrome-Nickel

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