The Paragon GL-44ADTSD Glass Kiln
Made in America
The deluxe GL-44ADTSD Professional Series glass kiln will help you to unlock your potential as a glass designer. The kiln quickly pays for itself by producing large glass panels, curved windows, lampshades, or production loads of glass pendants. Experiment with reactive glass colors, screen printing on glass, painting with frit and stringers, and glass weaving. The GL-44ADTSD is proudly made in America by skilled workers. It is not just assembled, but hand-crafted and designed for those whose livelihood depends on glass production.
The kiln includes features not found on competitive kilns. For instance, mercury relays are standard on this kiln for your peace of mind. Relays send power to the elements on command from the digital controller. The industrial-grade mercury relays found on the GL-44ADTSD far outlast mechanical relays. The life of the quiet, reliable mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles.
Interior Dimensions: 21” wide 43” long x 16” deep
The 16” depth is ideal for glass sagging. The sidewall heating elements, mounted in all four sides, offer greater control of sagging and bending. The kiln uses advanced power ratio technology, pioneered by Paragon, to balance the heat between the top and side elements. Program the digital controller to balance the heat between the top and sides in increments of 10%. (i.e., 100% top - 0% sides, 50% top - 50% sides, 80% top – 20% sides, etc.) Set the heat balance for any combination desired between the top and sides so that the total heat output equals 100%. Imagine the precise control you will have in adjusting the kiln to slump glass or to improve heat distribution over large fused panels.
The GL-44ADTSD has four peepholes along the front. When ordering the optional Orton KilnVent, be sure to specify whether you want peepholes. The kiln comes with welded mounting plates for optional 2” casters. The GL-44ADTSD brick bottom holds two 20” square shelves. Cover shelves with fiber paper when large projects overlap shelves.
Lid Counter-Balance, Pinless Lid Elements
The massive lid is easy to lift with Paragon's patented LiteLid spring counter-balance, which does away with cumbersome pulleys and cords and dramatically reduces lid weight. Unlike pulleys and weights, the LiteLid is self-contained on the kiln. There is no need to drill holes in the ceiling for pulleys. The LiteLid sharply reduces wear between the lid and top rim of firebrick. The truss and floating lid allow expansion of the lid. The GL-44AD comes with two LiteLid assemblies. The lid is insulated with 1” ceramic fiber and 3” ceramic fiberboard. Replaceable heating elements mount in lid fiberboard grooves. The groove eliminates element pins since the element coils are wider than the groove opening.
Reinforced Steel Frame
3” insulating firebrick lines the walls. A welded 2" tubular steel frame reinforces the kiln for long life. We are so confident in the GL-44ADTSD that we back it with a two year warranty.
Paragon’s GL-44ADTSD is made for years of rigorous firing. A double heat shield and air gap between the kiln and ventilated switch box help keep electrical components cool for long, trouble-free service. Costly heavy-gauge nickel-plated copper wiring is covered with high temperature glass-braided insulation. The thermocouple, which senses temperature inside the kiln, is protected with a high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long life.
The Accuracy of Digital Firing
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.
Paragon’s innovative controller will help you achieve consistent results from one firing to the next. 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.
The GL-44ADTSD has a durable high temperature, water-base finish. We chose water-base paint because of the low emissions during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.
Save on Shipping
Paragon is centrally located in Mesquite, Texas, along a major shipping route. This reduces shipping costs and delivery time to our customers. We pass the reduced shipping costs directly to you. To reduce freight damage, we ship the GL-44AD in a custom-built, carrier-approved wooden crate.