Add a pop of colour to your studio or classroom! Introducing the Prometheus Programmable MiniKiln in our brand new signature teal colour!
Prometheus Programmable MiniKiln Pro1-PRG is a brilliant little kiln, suitable for both personal and professional use. It is perfect for low-budget small-scale work, and is ideal for Art Clay and PMC and enamelling. It is also great for low fire ceramics, and china painting, annealing and hardening silver, gold and other metals, and glass fusing, like dichroic glass cabochons and similar small items.
It's a 1000°C front-loading kiln, with a built-in, easy-to-use, 3-key digital programmable controller.
The programmable controller means you can set what temperature you want the kiln to fire at (target temperature), and also tell it how fast you want it to heat up (ramp speed), and how long you want it to hold at the firing temperature (hold/soak time), and the kiln will then turn the heating off once it has completed the programme. If you want you can also say how slow it should cool down, and if it should hold at a temperature whilst cooling down.
You can set 9 programmes, each programme can have up to 8 segments. A segment could be like this: heat up at 300° C per hour, until you get to 650°C, then hold that temperature for 45 minutes. To be able to set several segments with different heating speeds and temperatures are very useful if you're firing base metals, like copper and bronze (where you want to heat up slower and hold steady to burn the binder out at a lower temperature before the full firing at a higher temperature), or doing glass fusing (which needs a slow heating, and a slow cool down, with a soak/hold at a low temperature to anneal the glass once fused).
A good thing with programmes is that you only set them once, and they will stay there until you change them. So you could set one programme for firing silver clay, another for fusing small glass cabochon, and another for that perfect BRONZclay firing schedule you've come up with.
This kiln has a Orton AutoFire Express Digital Programmable Temperature Controller (like the one on Paragon, Sierra, and Evenheat kilns) which is programmed exactly like the one used on the Paragon SC2 Kiln.
You will need a fibre shelf for this kiln.
*Please note* - The hole in the door of your kiln is for ventilation purposes and is supposed to be there. It is important that you don't try to plug the hole with anything or use it as a peep hole as getting this close to the kiln whilst firing could damage your eyes. The plate around the hole as well as the area around the door of the kiln can show more discolouration with use and this is completely normal.
**The programmable digital controller and the colour is the only difference between this and the Prometheus MiniKiln PRO-1.**
The UK kiln is rated at 230V/700W, so plugs into a regular mains socket. It's small enough to use in your home, school, craft work shop, or jewellery studio. And it is ideal to take with you for craft evenings and workshops as it only weighs less than 6kg, and is small enough to carry.
This kiln is sometimes referred to as Creative Metal Clay Kiln, CMC Kiln, or MiniKiln with digital programmer.
Includes a manufacturer's warranty of 2 years.
SIZE: The outer steel case measures 225mm x 240mm x 295mm, and is slotted for air circulation, so it keeps cool. The door opens 90°, and there's a small door vent. It is normal for the metal above this vent and sometimes the door to discolour slightly with use.
The ceramic firing chamber, enclosed in an inner steel case, measures 115mm x 135mm x 70mm internally, and heats from the top, sides and bottom, with the fast-firing elements safely embedded in the ceramic.
If you wish, we're happy to pre-program your kiln for you for a fee. We would preset the most popular programs used by metal clay artists, so the kiln is ready to go out of the box. You still have 1 program free to do with as you wish, and you are always free to amend the programs we have set for you. Please note that these programs are not locked, so you have full freedom to change them as you wish. These are the standard programs we would set for you, if you have any other programs you need, please let us know and we might be able to help:
PR01: 500ºC - 30mins, 870ºC - 60mins (recommended firing for Art Clay Silver 950 Sterling)
PRO2: 650ºC - 30mins (minimum firing for Art Clay Silver)
PR03: 800ºC - 30mins (recommended firing for Art Clay Silver, Art Clay Oil Paste, Prometheus Bronze)
PR04: 800ºC - 30mins with a slow ramp (Art Clay Silver Paper Type)
PR05: 970ºC - 30mins (Art Clay Copper)
PR06: 900ºC - 10mins (PMC+)
PR07: 700ºC - 10mins (PMC3 fast)
PR08: 600ºC - 45mins (PMC3 slow)
Controller: Orton Digital Programmable Temperature Controller - 9 programmes with 8 segments
Max Temp: 1000°C
Heating elements: 4; top, bottom and sides
External Size: 225 x 240 x 295 (width x depth x height) (mm)
Firing Chamber: 115 x 135 x 70 (width x depth x height) (mm)
Quick explanation of some kiln lingo:
Target temperature: the temperature you want your kiln to heat up to (or cool down to), i.e. the temperature you need to fire your material at.
Digital controller: how you tell your kiln what to do. With a digital controller you press buttons. Older (or simpler) kilns sometimes just have a rotary controller which you turn until you're happy with the temp. - digital controllers are much easier to control.
Ramp function: a function which allows you to tell the kiln how fast (or slow) it should heat up/cool down. Mostly used in glass fusing and for some base metal clay firings, or for other materials which needs heating and/or cooling under more controlled conditions.
Ramp speed: the speed at which the kiln heats up, or cools down.
Hold time: how long your kiln should hold the target temperature. E.g., fire at 650°C for 30 minutes - 30 minutes is the hold time.
Firing chamber: the inside of your kiln, where you place your things to be fired.
Kiln shelf: a small shelf on which you fire things. Never fire direct on the kiln floor.