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Product: Caldera XL Kiln, Model/SKU: S1223, Price: $1,040.40

Caldera XL

China Painting    Crystalline Glazes    Decals    Dolls    Glaze Testing    Low-Fire Ceramics    Porcelain and Stoneware   


Paragon Caldera XL

Fire porcelain, stoneware, china, ceramics, and decals in Paragon’s digital Caldera XL. Test glazes and glaze application ideas before running production quantities in a large studio kiln.

You will not outgrow a small kiln even if you acquire a larger kiln later. Continue to use the Caldera XL for testing or for small projects. Carry it with you to seminars or on vacation; convenient hand lifts on the sides aid in moving the kiln.

The Caldera XL in the Classroom

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

Built to Last

The firebrick corners are fitted together with L-shaped notches for extra strength. This type of joint lasts longer than the butted joint and the "picture frame" mitered joint found on competitive brands.

The Type-K thermocouple, which reads the firing chamber temperature, is protected in a high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long life. A steel base supports the brick bottom. The Caldera XL comes with a built-in steel stand; no extra stand is needed. Use the switch on the front panel to turn off power to the controller when the kiln is idle.

Both sides of the lid and top rim of sidewall firebricks are hardened and sealed with a refractory coating to protect the ware from dust. The firing chamber, including the lid and bottom, is made of 3” thick firebricks, 20% thicker than standard 2 1/2” bricks.

The Caldera XL has dual mechanical relays for extra reliability. They turn on power to the elements after receiving a signal from the digital controller. Two relays last longer than the single relay of competitive kilns because of the reduced amperage going through each relay.

Heating elements are made from the finest high-temperature wire available. Paragon uses heat-dissipating element connectors refined and proven over many years in our kilns. The stainless steel case and lid band include case tighteners for easy maintenance.

Water-Base Paint

The Caldera XL control box is painted with a durable high temperature, water-base finish. We use water-base paint because of the low emissions during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.

UPS Shipping

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

The Convenience of Digital Firing

The reliable solid-state Sentry Xpress controller continually monitors the firing so you do not need to watch it closely. (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. Practice using the controller before you even buy the kiln.

Paragon’s innovative controller will help you achieve consistent firing results. The user-friendly controller has powerful features that you will enjoy.

The Sentry Xpress controller fires in either Ramp-Hold or Cone-Fire mode. Control both heating and cooling with simple 3-key operation.

Features of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller for Ceramic Kilns

  • Fire to a pyrometric cone by merely entering cone number and slow, medium, or fast speed.
  • Use Program Review to check the accuracy of the program you are about to fire.
  • Set a temperature alarm to remind yourself to close a vented lid or check the kiln at a certain temperature.
  • Design Ramp-Hold programs with up to 8 segments (steps).
  • Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold during firing.
  • Hold (soak) the temperature in both Cone-Fire and Ramp-Hold.
  • Control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.
  • Add hold time in Ramp-Hold during firing.
  • Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firing.
  • 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 later to suit your busy schedule.
  • Error Messages report mechanical problems such as a disconnected thermocouple, stuck relay or broken element.
  • 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 these features in more detail.

    Creative Satisfaction

    The heat of the kiln offers wonderful surprises. Glazes undergo a complete transformation in the kiln. Opening a kiln to view your masterpieces is a joy you will never outgrow. Get your family involved and create priceless memories using your kiln.

    The Furniture Kit

    The furniture kit consists of carefully selected fireclay shelves and posts for the Caldera XL or Caldera XL-KS. 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.

    Made in the USA

    The Caldera XL is proudly made in Mesquite, Texas by master craftspeople. Half of our factory employees have been at Paragon for at least 10 years. Phone calls during business hours are answered by a live person at the Mesquite factory. We are open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Thursday. These expanded hours allow us to serve customers in differing time zones. Call us—we would enjoy hearing from you. Our customer service representatives will be glad to help you after the sale, even long after the kiln is out of warranty, and at no charge.

    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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    Product Videos

  • Watch & Listen to D002 Sentry Xpress Cone-Fire Demonstration (3 min)
  • 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 P014 Paragon Caldera All Purpose Kilns (4 min 12 sec)
  • Watch & Listen to P009 Paragon’s Sentry Xpress 3-Key Ceramics Controller (2 min 51 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 D007 (Spanish) Demonstracion de Quema de Conos en un Horno de Industrias Paragon con Control Sentry Xpress (3 min 16 sec)
  • 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)



  • 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


    Sentry Xpress 4.0 Digital 3-key Cer

    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

    0.29 CU.FT.
    8.21 litres

    Chamber Length

    7.50 IN
    191 mm

    Chamber Width

    7.50 IN
    191 mm

    Chamber Depth

    9.00 IN
    229 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

    17.00W x 20.00D x 17.50H Inches
    432W x 508D x 445H mm

    Ship Size

    27.50W x 20.50D x 24.00H Inches
    699W x 521D x 610H mm

    Ship Weight

    75.00 Lbs.
    34.02 Kg.

    Doorway Clearance Needed

    17.00 Inches
    431.80 mm

    Ship Method & Notations

    This Kiln Ships Via UPS





    Part Number

    S1223   * Base Model

    Price

    $1,040.40

    Quantity

      


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    Options


    Click on the part numbers below to see full descriptions.

    Part Number

    Description

    Quantity

    Price

    Lid Safety Switch

    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. IMPORT

    $80.58

    FSCaldera XL Furniture Kit

    Recommended furniture kit for the Paragon Caldera XL, Caldera XL-KS, and equivalent sized kilns. Included:

    2 - C-7 Shelves (7” x 7” square x 5/8”)

    1” wide Square Posts,

    $61.20

    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

    Sentry 12-key Controller optional on new kilns

    This kiln can be ordered with the optional Sentry 12-key controller instead of the standard Sentry Xpress 3-key controller. The upgrade price is only for a Sentry 12-key ordered with a new kiln.

    Controller Comparison

    $81.60

    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

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  • Additional Information

  • Options
  • Replacement Parts
  • Accessories
  • Wiring Diagrams

    Caldera XL

  • Manuals
          Caldera & FireFly Instruction & Service Manual
          Sentry Xpress 4.0 3-Key Controller: Cone-Fire and Ramp-Hold


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