The Vulcan Glass Crucible Kiln
The Vulcan glass blower’s kiln heats approximately 50 pounds of glass to molten temperature. Mix custom glass colors. Make huge glass figurines, paper weights, blown vessels, stringers, and much more. Pull your own neon tubing. Make glass castings. The Vulcan is a glass blower’s dream kiln, designed by glass blowers.
Platinum thermocouple, thicker walls
The firebrick sidewalls are a massive 4 ½” thick. The extra insulation and heavy 12-gauge elements are designed for the stress of very long heat soaks. The deluxe S-Type platinum thermocouple with ceramic protection tube is standard on all Vulcan kilns. This thermocouple far outlasts the standard K-Type.
Quick release bottom section
The bottom section of the Vulcan includes the firebrick floor and the bottom row of blank 2 ½” high wall bricks. The bottom section is held in place with heavy duty spring-twist locks. Should a crucible crack and leak glass onto the kiln floor, merely replace the damaged bottom section. The 2 1/2” high wall section is blank, so you won’t worry about damage to a heating element from a cracked crucible.
Galvanized steel base plate
A heavy galvanized steel base completely covers the reversible brick bottom. Tabs around the galvanized base are pushed up under the stainless case on all sides and fastened with screws to strengthen the firing chamber. This is one more assurance that your Paragon kiln is built to last.
Fiber board retains heat when lid is opened
The Vulcan comes with a 2”-thick ceramic fiber board retaining ring insert that fits into a recess at the top of the firebrick walls. Cut a hole in the fiber board to fit your crucible. The fiber board holds heat inside the kiln when you open the lid. The Vulcan is 13 ½” wide x 18” deep. The fiber board retaining ring in place reduces the firing chamber to 15” deep.
Program the digital controller for the exact consistency of glass melt that you desire. The hinged lid floats to compensate for expansion and has a lock-in lid support, which you can remove if you prefer to use the lid chain. You can also fire pottery or glass fusing in the Vulcan. Comes with a one year warranty and heavy-duty stand. (Please note: Due to the long firing cycles of a crucible kiln, the warranty does not cover the heating elements.)
We recommend the optional mercury relay upgrade for long firings. (The relay sends power to the heating elements from the controller.) The mercury relays found on our large industrial kilns outlast mechanical relays. The life of the quiet, reliable mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles.
Wires are fastened to the elements with heat-dissipating connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns.
The Vulcan control box is finished in a durable high temperature, water-base blue paint, which releases low emissions during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.
A kiln stand is included. The stand is complete with mar-proof plastic feet.
And, of course, the glass blower’s Vulcan furnace is made in America by skilled workers. Many of them have been with Paragon for over a decade.
Furniture (sold separately): Order the C10-R (10” round x 1/2”) shelf and 1 ½” wide posts of the correct length to support your crucibles. Scroll down to Accessories below.
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.