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Product: BlueBird XL Kiln, Model/SKU: S1659, Price: $1,147.50

BlueBird XL

Glass Bead Annealing   


The Paragon BlueBird XL has a new and improved ceramic fiber roof, thicker doors with new gaskets, heavier mandrel holders, and a stainless steel control panel.

The BlueBird XL is a dream kiln for the glass bead enthusiast. This 20” wide, 8” deep kiln safely anneals glass to prevent breakage during cooling. With your own Paragon annealing kiln, you will never again worry about stress fractures in your glass.

The kiln opens doorways of opportunity in beadmaking. The 10” wide double doors give a total of 20” width for inserting bead rods. This kiln is ideal for seminar teachers. It is like having two kilns in one.

The user-friendly 3-key Sentry Xpress digital controller maintains the annealing temperature. Program it for the length of time desired. Adjust the cooling rate through the annealing range. The controller is packed with features but is so easy to use that your child could program it.

Improved Ceramic Fiber Top

The BlueBird XL features new sinusoidal “wavy” elements, which are embedded close to the inner surface of the high-tech, vacuum-formed ceramic fiber top. This is an improvement over our earlier embedded coiled elements, because the “wavy” elements are mounted closer to the surface. This enables the elements to radiate heat faster for longer element life. The ceramic fiber top reduces dust inside the kiln.

Improved Double Doors with Gaskets

Both doors are 3 1/2” x 10” and mounted in a 4 1/4” high opening. The 3/4” gap under the doors is filled by flexible, high temperature door gaskets, which help to hold in heat. The 2” thick ceramic fiber doors are twice the thickness of our original doors. The hinges are continuous across the top for extra longevity.

Bead Mandrel Holders

The kiln comes with a single and a double mandrel holder. The single holder supports rods or mandrels from one point; the double cradles the rods at two points. The holders are held by magnets. They are sturdy and heavy for stability.

Rare-Earth Magnets Hold Doors Open or Closed

Rare-earth magnets hold the doors closed while the kiln is heating to annealing temperature. Phenolic knobs on the door handles stay cool to the touch. Use the switch on the front panel to turn off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use .

We have added a glass rod warmer on top of the kiln. Pre-heating glass rods saves production time.

Heavy-Duty Construction

The BlueBird XL has durable 2 1/2” thick insulating firebrick walls and floor. The steel base supports the kiln in two layers. The upper steel base supports and strengthens the firebrick floor; the lower steel base covers the entire kiln bottom where it rests on your worktable. Electrical components are mounted to the lower base, away from the heat of the firing chamber.

The Sentry Xpress digital controller is mounted under the kiln in an ergonomically sloped panel for easy operation. The design saves table space over kilns with a side switch box. The built-in base stays cool even during extended hold times for the long life of the electrical system. It is slotted to dissipate heat and comes with mar-proof plastic feet.

The Blue Bird XL plugs into a standard household outlet. The kiln ships by convenient UPS. It ships in a special carton with vacuum-formed padding to assure that the kiln will arrive safely.

And, of course, the BlueBird XL is made in Mesquite, Texas to exacting standards. The kiln is coated with durable high-temperature water base paint, which produces low emissions during spraying. This is better for our employees and the environment.

Features of the BlueBird XL

  • 3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller
  • 2 - 3 1/2” high doors with flexible high temperature gasket
  • Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open or closed
  • The firing chamber is 8” deep measured with doors closed; 10” deep measured with doors open
  • 2 1/2” thick firebrick walls and floor
  • 2” thick ceramic fiber doors with flexible gaskets
  • Mandrel holders attach to the kiln with magnets
  • 1500°F maximum temperature
  • Ceramic fiber roof with embedded elements
  • Mar-proof plastic feet
  • On-off safety switch

The Sentry Xpress 3-key controller is packed with features. It includes two modes: Single Speed and 8-segment Ramp-Hold. The solid state controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. The sealed controller touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.

The controller is easy to use. Read the manual and watch the instructional videos on our website. The kiln includes a Quick Start programming guide and a 16-page controller instruction manual, printed in color.

You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry Xpress controller continually monitors the firing so you do not need to closely watch the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln occasionally during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) You can try out a demonstration of the controller on your computer by clicking here.

Features of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller on Paragon Fusion Kilns

  • Program up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Fire to a single temperature at a single speed in Single Speed mode.
  • Store up to 4 programs in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold without having to stop the kiln to reprogram. (For instance, you want to skip to the annealing segment.)
  • Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firing without stopping the kiln to reprogram.
  • Hold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold.
  • Add Hold Time during firing without having to stop the firing to reprogram.
  • Easily control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.
  • Program Review lets you check the program you are about to fire.
  • Program the Temperature Alarm to sound when the kiln reaches a specific temperature. Program an alarm that will remind you to check on the kiln.
  • Temperature display throughout firing and cooling in your choice of °F or °C
  • Thermocouple Offset adjusts the thermocouple readout.
  • Set the Delay to turn on the kiln at a time that best suits your busy schedule.
  • Error Messages report mechanical problems.
  • The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
  • LED Lights show whether you are in program, review, or firing mode.
  • Colorful, illustrated instruction manual. Download it from the “Additional Information” section below to review all the controller features in more detail.

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.

 

Have something good to say about the BlueBird XL? Tell Us


"Paragon, thank you very much for making excellent quality products. I'm incredibly pleased with my BlueBird XL. The bead door on one side is perfect for all the different work I do all day. Programming was a breeze. I really like being able to program different firing schedules. The kiln has met all of my expectations and more. Here's a picture of some of my work. Thanks again. I'm off on the adventure." - David Sides,


"If you are going to do serious work---You will need a Paragon. (Shown in photo is Lewis's wife Barb in her studio.)" - Lewis Wilson, New Mexico

Product Videos

  • Watch & Listen to D001 Sentry Xpress Ramp-Hold Demonstration (7 min)
  • Watch & Listen to P001 The Paragon Kiln Factory Sheetmetal Department (3 min 40 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P004 The Paragon Kiln Factory Square Kiln Assembly Line (4 min 30 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P005 The Paragon Kiln Factory Firebrick Room (6 min 47 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P010 Paragon’s Sentry Xpress 3-Key Controller (2 min 37 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P008 The Paragon Kiln Factory Inspection Station (1 min 50 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to Interactive Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller Demo
  • Watch & Listen to D006 (Spanish) Demostracion Para Incrementar y Mantener La Temperatura Con un Control Sentry Xpress de Industrias Paragon (7 min 9 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to D003 Sentry Xpress 3-Key Controller Advanced Features (5 min 17 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P016 Paragon BlueBird Bead Annealing Kilns (5 min 16 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to M039 How to Change the BlueBird Roof Elements (7 min 19 sec)



  • Specifications

    Max. Temperature

    1500F
    815C

    Amps

    14

    Phase

    1

    Watts

    1700

    Nema

    5-15R

    Breaker Size

    20

    Circuit Copper Wire Size

    12 gauge

    TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499

    Y

    CE

    Y

    Control Type


    Sentry Xpress 4.0 Digital 3-Key

    Voltage

    120

    Hertz

    60

    Nema Details







    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

    Front Loading Square

    Sides

    4

    Understanding Chamber Measurements

    Chamber Volume

    0.47 CU.FT.
    13.31 litres

    Chamber Width

    20.00 IN
    508 mm

    Chamber Depth

    8.00 IN
    203 mm

    Chamber Height

    4.50 IN
    114 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

    29.00W x 20.00D x 17.00H Inches
    737W x 508D x 432H mm

    Ship Size

    31.00W x 24.00D x 22.00H Inches
    787W x 610D x 559H mm

    Ship Weight

    90.00 Lbs.
    40.82 Kg.

    Ship Method & Notations

    This Kiln Ships Via UPS

    This kiln is subject to a UPS oversize box charge.





    Part Number

    S1659   * Base Model

    Price

    $1,147.50

    Quantity

      


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    Options


    Click on the part numbers below to see full descriptions.

    Part Number

    Description

    Quantity

    Price

    Hot Pink Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in bright hot pink instead of the standard blue or black. Add a splash of color to your shop! (The exact shade of paint may not match the color shown on your computer monitor. The hot pink kiln show

    $0.00

    Jade Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in jade instead of the standard blue or black. Add a splash of color to your shop! (The exact shade of paint may not match the color shown on your computer monitor. The jade kiln shown here also may

    $0.00

    Navy Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in navy instead of the standard blue or black. Add a splash of color to your shop! (The exact shade of paint may not match the color shown on your computer monitor. The navy kiln shown here also ma

    $0.00

    Purple Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in luxuriant purple instead of the standard blue or black. Add a splash of color to your shop! (The exact shade of paint may not match the color shown on your computer monitor. The purple kiln shown

    $0.00

    Turquoise Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in turquoise instead of the standard blue or black. Add a splash of color to your shop! (The exact shade of paint may not match the color shown on your computer monitor. The turquoise kiln shown her

    $0.00

    Berry Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in rich berry instead of the standard blue or black. Add a splash of color to your shop! (The exact shade of paint may not match the color shown on your computer monitor. The berry kiln shown here a

    $0.00

    Black Paint

    At no extra charge, you can order your Paragon kiln in striking black instead of the standard blue.

    $0.00

    Firing Safety Glasses

    Wear firing safety glasses whenever looking into the firing chamber of a hot kiln. Filters the infra-red and ultra-violet light. Reduces glare, makes pyrometric cones easier to see.

    Paragon no longer sells firing safety glasses. Instead, you

    $0.00




    Accessories

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  • Usages

  • Bead Kiln
  • Glass Kilns

  • Additional Information

  • Options
  • Replacement Parts
  • Accessories
  • Wiring Diagrams

    BlueBird XL

  • Manuals
          Annealing Glass Beads
          Sentry Xpress 4.0 3-Key Controller: Single Segment and Ramp-Hold


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