Paragon Old-Style GL-18ADTSD Glass Fusing Kiln
This model has been replaced by the Professional Series GL-18ADTSD. Though the earlier model is no longer in production, you can still access the wiring diagram, replacement parts, and instruction manuals by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.
The GL-18ADTSD digital kiln fires from the top, three sides, and door for unsurpassed heat distribgution. It is 13” high inside with room to bend glass for curved windows or cabinet doors and to repair lamp shades. Make huge glass-fused platters. Crack the door to drag a rod across the softened glass or to emboss designs in the surface.
Paragon’s GL-series are made for years of rigorous firing, as artists all over America can attest. The insulating firebrick, wrapped in heavy-guage steel, soak up heat for slow, even cooling.
The GL-series lid elements use a new element groove that eliminates element pins. The element coils are wider than the groove opening, so the elements stay in place without pins.
The spring-pressure latch and a ½" recess around the edge of the firebrick door seal the door tight. The door remains rock-steady on a heavy hinge shaft. Four hand lifts aid moving. The base is open in the back and slotted to dissipate heat.
Watch the red-hot glass through two tapered peepholes, drilled one above the other in the wall opposite the switch box. Peephole plugs are included.
Use the kiln’s side heat for taller projects such as drop-out vases sagged through a ring mold. Side elements, seated in dropped, recessed brick grooves, span the three walls in four horizontal rows.
Door elements offer unsurpassed heat distribution for difficult pieces. (The door, with elements, is always hinged on the right side.)
The GL-18ADTSD uses infinite control switches to balance the heat between top and side/door elements. It is also equipped with a door safety switch. When the door opens, the switch shuts off the elements while leaving the temperature controller on.
Optional Kiln Stand
The heavy-duty GL-series stand raises your GL-18, GL-22 or GL-24 kiln to a convenient working height. Begin operating your new kiln without having to find a table strong enough to support over 300 pounds. The table is 147 pounds of rock solid construction.
Imagine the glass you could sag, slump, and fuse with this kiln. Make small bowls, pendants, earrings, cufflinks, and even bracelets. Enjoy the glittering beauty of dichroics. Make treasured gifts. When you own a Paragon kiln, you can experiment with new glass ideas to your heart’s content.
Becky Johnson, a glass teacher in Dallas, Texas, describes the excitement of a kiln: “I like to open the kiln with my students so that we can review and admire each other’s treasures together. The transformation of the glass inside the kiln is magical and mystical. It changes from pieces of arranged cut glass to awe-inspiring art. To be some part of that process is a true gift.”
You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
The controller has powerful features that you will enjoy using. Yet we have also worked hard to make the controller user-friendly.
Do you ever wonder how much electricity your kiln uses? The digital controller can figure this for you with the press of a button. Find out how little a kiln actually costs to fire. Learn to conserve energy by experimenting with firing speed, load density, etc.
ST-8: without casters—30 ¼” square x 28 ¼” high, 147 lb.
ST-8-1: with 2" steel casters—30 ¼" square x 30 ¾” high, 150 lb.