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Product: CALDERA-S Kiln, Model/SKU: S0743-2, Price: $606.90

CALDERA-S

China Painting    Decals    Dolls    Fast Firings    Glass Fusing    Low-Fire Ceramics    Porcelain and Stoneware   


Paragon Caldera-S

Fire silver clay, china, ceramics, and glass in Paragon’s manual-fire Caldera-S kiln. Test for glass compatibility; test ceramic glazes. Fire rapidly to 2350°F/1287°C. With a separate top and bottom, the Caldera-S is stackable and completely portable. The Caldera-S comes with an infinite control switch, pilot light, and a large, easy-to-read 4 1/2” wide pyrometer.

Steel Stand, Stackable Design

The original Caldera and Caldera-S kilns were placed on top of four firebrick blocks. The new kilns now ship with a sturdy 2 3/4" high x 14" x 12 3/4" steel stand, complete with mar-proof rubber feet. With a separate top and bottom, the Caldera-S is stackable and completely portable. The kiln is easy to carry to seminars. Take it with you on vacation.

Rugged Construction

The Caldera-S is built to last. Elements are coiled from the finest high-temperature wire. They use heat-dissipating element connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns. Dropped, recessed brick grooves protect the elements for long life.

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" mitered joint found on competitive brands. Rugged construction makes this kiln a little workhorse.

The Caldera-S switchbox is coated with a durable high temperature, water-base finish. This type of paint has the low emissions during spraying, creating a safer working environment for our employees and reducing pollution during manufacturing. The Caldera-S is proudly made in America to exacting standards.

The Magic of a Kiln

Imagine the glass you could sag, slump, and fuse in this kiln. Make small bowls, pendants, earrings, cufflinks, and even bracelets. Your friends will be captivated by the glittering beauty of dichroics that you fire in the Caldera-S. This kiln will give you a haven of creative enjoyment that you will especially appreciate when life gets hectic. The heat of the kiln is magical and offers wonderful surprises. Stained glass, enamels, and ceramic glazes undergo a complete transformation in the kiln. Opening a kiln to view your treasures is a festive moment that you will never outgrow.

The Advantages of a Small Kiln

You will never outgrow a small kiln. If you buy a larger kiln later, continue to use the small one for testing or small projects. Perfect a new design in the small kiln before running production quantities in the large one. A small test kiln is invaluable in solving ceramic glaze problems.

The Caldera-S in the Classroom

A Caldera-S is a nice addition to school programs. A switch-operated test kiln is relatively inexpensive. With the Caldera-S, students can fire gifts in time for a birthday or holiday instead of waiting until the school’s large kiln is full. 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-S, you can easily test unlabeled clay.

The Optional Glass Window

You can order your Caldera-S with an optional glass window in the top. The window is rated to 2300°F (1260°C), so it can easily withstand glass fusing temperatures. Please note, however, that the window reduces the kiln’s maximum temperature to approximately 2100°F (1148°C) and is meant for glass fusing. (You can still fire porcelain and stoneware even with the window, but you will need to plug the window with ceramic fiber.)

Expansion Collars

The basic Caldera-S is part of a kiln expansion system. Add a collar for annealing glass beads or enameling small copper pieces. Add 4 ½” of height to the Caldera with a Caldera-BC collar, which has a 7½” x 2” door on the side for annealing glass beads. The Caldera-X is the same type of collar, but without the bead door. Explore copper enameling with the 6 3/4” tall Caldera-E collar.

Caldera-BC Bead Collar

Caldera-X Collar

Caldera-E Enameling Collar

Warning for the Caldera-S Kiln Equipped with a Lid Safety Switch and Collar

The Caldera-S was intended to be a stackable kiln with a separate lid and bottom. However, the lid must be hinged to the Caldera-S body when a lid safety switch is installed. To stabilize a Caldera-S kiln that has a hinged lid, we attach the kiln body and kiln bottom together with two latches.

If an unlatched collar (enameling, bead, or extension) is mounted between the Caldera-S body and the kiln bottom, care must be taken when opening the hinged lid. Do not open the lid past 90 degrees (where the lid is straight up) unless the lid leans against a heat-proof support behind the kiln.

Please be aware when firing the Caldera-S with any collar in place, the maximum temperature is reduced. Enameling Collar – 1800°F; Bead Collar – 2000°F; Extension Collar – 2000°F

  • 2 ½” insulating refractory firebricks
  • Dropped, recessed brick grooves
  • Louvered switch box, heavy duty wiring
  • The Caldera, even with a collar, still fires to 2000°F/1093°C
  • A heavy-duty steel stand (complete with rubber feet) is included with each kiln.
  • A large 4 1/2” wide pyrometer

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

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.

 

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  • 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

    Y

    CE

    N

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

    Control Type


    Infinite Control Switch

    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

    Top Loading Square

    Sides

    4

    Understanding Chamber Measurements

    Chamber Volume

    0.25 CU.FT.
    7.08 litres

    Chamber Length

    8.00 IN
    203 mm

    Chamber Width

    8.00 IN
    203 mm

    Chamber Depth

    6.75 IN
    171 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

    13.00W x 19.50D x 13.75H Inches
    330W x 495D x 349H mm

    The external kiln height includes a 2.5" tall stand.

    Ship Size

    25.00W x 18.00D x 18.00H Inches
    635W x 457D x 457H mm

    Ship Weight

    46.00 Lbs.
    20.87 Kg.

    Ship Method & Notations

    This Kiln Ships Via UPS





    Part Number

    S0743-2   * Base Model

    Price

    $606.90

    Quantity

      


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    Options


    Click on the part numbers below to see full descriptions.

    Part Number

    Description

    Quantity

    Price

    2 inch x 2 inch Glass Window, Caldera

    Watch the bright red kiln interior through the optional 2” x 2” high-temperature glass window, which is rated to 2300°F. This is especially convenient for glass fusing. Watch your glass treasures progress through every stage from tack fuse to full fu

    $44.88

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Black Paint

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

    $0.00

    PY-71 Thermocouple with Lead Wires and Plug

    Thermocouple, K-type, with 5’ lead wires for the DT2-7 pyrometer. 4 1/4” long thermocouple fits into a 1/4” wide hole. Thermocouple flat-pin mini connector fits many meters such as the Fluke 53/54 IIB.

    $34.68

    FSCaldera and FireFly Furniture Kit

    Recommended furniture kit for the Caldera, E-9, E-10, FireFly, and equivalent sized kilns. Included:

    1 C-7 (7" square x 5/8") Shelf

    4 - 1/2" long, 1" wide Square Posts

    $27.54

    T-2 Pyrometer

    Pyrometer, needle indicator, 2200 degrees F maximum temperature. Includes a K-type thermocouple.

    $192.78

    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




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    CALDERA-S

  • Manuals
          Caldera & FireFly Instruction & Service Manual



  • Other Phases and Voltages

    Part Number

    Phase

    Voltage

    Price

    S0743-11

    1

    240

    $606.90

    S0743-9

    1

    240

    $606.90

    Legend: * = Base Model


    CALDERA-S Kiln   Model/SKU: S0743-2




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