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{"id":617225846847,"title":"Paragon BlueBird XL Annealing Kiln","handle":"par_bluebirdxl","description":"\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003ctable style=\"width: 100%;\" border=\"0\"\u003e \u003ctbody\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\" colspan=\"4\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAt no extra charge you can order your new kiln in one of the custom colors below instead of the standard blue or black! \u003cbr\u003ePlease note: colors may vary slightly. \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\" colspan=\"4\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Turquoise\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Turquoise\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/par_turquoise_nobg.jpg?v=1523469780\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Hot Pink\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Hot Pink\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/par_hot-pink_nobg.jpg?v=1523469780\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Purple\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Purple\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/par_purple_nobg.jpg?v=1523469780\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Berry\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Berry\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/par_berry_nobg.jpg?v=1523469780\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTurquoise\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHot Pink\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePurple\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBerry\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Navy\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Navy\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/par_navy_nobg.jpg?v=1523469780\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Jade\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Jade\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/par_jade_nobg.jpg?v=1523469780\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg title=\"Paragon Custom Color - Black\" alt=\"Paragon Custom Color - Black\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0010\/1931\/4239\/files\/lgBlack-Paint-July2014-W1.jpg?v=1612791898\" height=\"150\" width=\"150\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003ctr\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNavy\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJade\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBlack\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e \u003c\/tr\u003e \u003c\/tbody\u003e \u003c\/table\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe Paragon BlueBird XL is a dream kiln for the glass bead enthusiast. This 20” wide, 9” deep kiln safely anneals glass to prevent breakage during cooling. With your own Paragon annealing kiln, you will never again worry about glass breakage.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe kiln opens doorways of opportunity in beadmaking. The 10” wide double doors give a total of 20” width for inserting bead rods. This kiln is ideal for seminar teachers. It is like having two kilns instead of one.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe BlueBird XL has a user-friendly 3-key Sentry Xpress digital controller. It maintains the annealing temperature that you program for the length of time desired. The controller is packed with features but is so easy to use that your child could program it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003ch4\u003eFirebrick Walls and Floor, Ceramic Fiber Roof\u003c\/h4\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe BlueBird XL has durable insulating firebricks in the walls and floor. The BlueBird XL has durable insulating firebricks in the walls and floor. The element is mounted in the roof and embedded in a special high-tech, vacuum-formed ceramic fiber panel. This reduces dust inside the kiln.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003e(Note: The BlueBird XL is fired at the Paragon factory before the outside metal is painted. This is to harden the liquid rigidizer on the ceramic fiber insulation. This may leave black or brown marks on the insulation. These marks are normal.)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003ch4\u003eCustomize the Doors\u003c\/h4\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe BlueBird XL now comes with two types of doors: a 10” x 4” short door and a 10” x 4 1\/4” tall door.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe 10” x 4” short door has a 1\/2” gap under the door and includes a double mandrel holder. Place bead rods on the mandrel holder, which cradles the rods at two points. Because of the gap, the door remains closed even with bead mandrels in the kiln. Adjust the height of the mandrel holder by loosening screws underneath.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe bottom of the 10” x 4 1\/4” tall door, in the closed position, is flush against the kiln floor. An adjustable bead mandrel holder supports the bead mandrels at a single point.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe standard BlueBird XL comes with a short door on the left and tall door on the right. However, you can order your kiln with two short doors or two tall doors. The doors are interchangeable, so you can reverse the doors of a standard BlueBird XL later. As you can see, this is a versatile kiln.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003ch4\u003eDoor Latches Keep Doors Closed; Magnets Hold Doors Open\u003c\/h4\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eSide latches hold the doors closed while the kiln is heating to annealing temperature. Phenolic knobs on the door handles stay cool to the touch. Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open when needed. A safety switch on the front panel turns off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eWe have added a stainless steel glass rod warmer on top of the kiln. Pre-heating glass rods saves production time.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003ch4\u003eHeavy-Duty Construction\u003c\/h4\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe steel base supports the kiln in two layers. The upper steel base supports and strengthens the firebrick floor; the lower steel base covers the entire kiln bottom where it rests on your worktable. Electrical components are mounted to the lower base, away from the heat of the firing chamber.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eTo save table space, the Sentry Xpress digital controller is mounted under the kiln in an ergonomic sloped panel for easy operation. The built-in base stays cool even during extended hold times for the long life of the electrical system. It is slotted to dissipate heat and comes with mar-proof plastic feet.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe Blue Bird XL plugs into a standard household outlet. The kiln ships by convenient UPS. It ships in a special carton with vacuum-formed padding to assure that the kiln will arrive safely.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eAnd, of course, the BlueBird XL is made in America to exacting standards. The kiln is coated with durable high-temperature water base paint, which produces low emissions during spraying. This is better for our employees and the environment.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"headingText\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFeatures of the BlueBird XL\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cul\u003e \u003cli\u003e3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003e1 each 4” high short door and 4 1\/4” high tall door for the ultimate in versatility\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eDoor latches to hold the doors closed while fusing glass\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003e9” deep firing chamber (measured with doors closed)\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eFirebrick roof, walls, and floor\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003e1”-thick ceramic fiber doors\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eMandrel holders with 20 slots\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003e1500°F maximum temperature\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003ePinless element grooves in the roof\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eCoated firebricks in roof\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eMar-proof plastic feet\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eOn-off safety switch\u003c\/li\u003e \u003c\/ul\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"bodyText\"\u003eThe Sentry Xpress 3-key controller is packed with features. It includes two modes: Single Speed and 8-segment Ramp-Hold. The solid state controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. The sealed controller touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eThe controller is easy to use. Read the manual and watch the instructional videos on our website. The kiln includes a Quick Start programming guide and a 16-page controller instruction manual, printed in color.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003eYou will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.paragonweb.com\/Sentry_Digital_3-key_Glass_Control.cfm\"\u003eSentry Xpress controller\u003c\/a\u003e continually monitors the firing so you do not need to closely watch the kiln. (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 \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.paragonweb.com\/files\/videos\/sentry_xpress\/sentry_xpress_demo_web.html\"\u003eclicking here.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"”bodyText”\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"“headingText”\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFeatures of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller on Paragon Fusion Kilns\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e \u003cul\u003e \u003cli\u003eProgram up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eFire to a single temperature at a single speed in Single Speed mode.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eStore up to 4 programs in Ramp-Hold mode.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eSkip a segment in Ramp-Hold without having to stop the kiln to reprogram. (For instance, you want to skip to the annealing segment.)\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eChange the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firing without stopping the kiln to reprogram.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eHold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eAdd Hold Time during firing without having to stop the firing to reprogram.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eEasily control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eProgram Review lets you check the program you are about to fire.\u003c\/li\u003e \u003cli\u003eProgram the Temperature Alarm to sound when the kiln reaches a specific temperature. 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Paragon BlueBird XL Annealing Kiln

$1,424.90 $1,583.22
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Sku: PAR_BLUEBIRDXL
Product Description

 

 

At no extra charge you can order your new kiln in one of the custom colors below instead of the standard blue or black!
Please note: colors may vary slightly. 
 
Paragon Custom Color - Turquoise Paragon Custom Color - Hot Pink Paragon Custom Color - Purple Paragon Custom Color - Berry
Turquoise Hot Pink Purple Berry
       
Paragon Custom Color - Navy Paragon Custom Color - Jade Paragon Custom Color - Black  
Navy Jade Black  

 

The Paragon BlueBird XL is a dream kiln for the glass bead enthusiast. This 20” wide, 9” deep kiln safely anneals glass to prevent breakage during cooling. With your own Paragon annealing kiln, you will never again worry about glass breakage.

The kiln opens doorways of opportunity in beadmaking. The 10” wide double doors give a total of 20” width for inserting bead rods. This kiln is ideal for seminar teachers. It is like having two kilns instead of one.

The BlueBird XL has a user-friendly 3-key Sentry Xpress digital controller. It maintains the annealing temperature that you program for the length of time desired. The controller is packed with features but is so easy to use that your child could program it.

Firebrick Walls and Floor, Ceramic Fiber Roof

The BlueBird XL has durable insulating firebricks in the walls and floor. The BlueBird XL has durable insulating firebricks in the walls and floor. The element is mounted in the roof and embedded in a special high-tech, vacuum-formed ceramic fiber panel. This reduces dust inside the kiln.

(Note: The BlueBird XL is fired at the Paragon factory before the outside metal is painted. This is to harden the liquid rigidizer on the ceramic fiber insulation. This may leave black or brown marks on the insulation. These marks are normal.)

Customize the Doors

The BlueBird XL now comes with two types of doors: a 10” x 4” short door and a 10” x 4 1/4” tall door.

The 10” x 4” short door has a 1/2” gap under the door and includes a double mandrel holder. Place bead rods on the mandrel holder, which cradles the rods at two points. Because of the gap, the door remains closed even with bead mandrels in the kiln. Adjust the height of the mandrel holder by loosening screws underneath.

The bottom of the 10” x 4 1/4” tall door, in the closed position, is flush against the kiln floor. An adjustable bead mandrel holder supports the bead mandrels at a single point.

The standard BlueBird XL comes with a short door on the left and tall door on the right. However, you can order your kiln with two short doors or two tall doors. The doors are interchangeable, so you can reverse the doors of a standard BlueBird XL later. As you can see, this is a versatile kiln.

Door Latches Keep Doors Closed; Magnets Hold Doors Open

Side latches hold the doors closed while the kiln is heating to annealing temperature. Phenolic knobs on the door handles stay cool to the touch. Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open when needed. A safety switch on the front panel turns off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use.

We have added a stainless steel glass rod warmer on top of the kiln. Pre-heating glass rods saves production time.

Heavy-Duty Construction

The steel base supports the kiln in two layers. The upper steel base supports and strengthens the firebrick floor; the lower steel base covers the entire kiln bottom where it rests on your worktable. Electrical components are mounted to the lower base, away from the heat of the firing chamber.

To save table space, the Sentry Xpress digital controller is mounted under the kiln in an ergonomic sloped panel for easy operation. The built-in base stays cool even during extended hold times for the long life of the electrical system. It is slotted to dissipate heat and comes with mar-proof plastic feet.

The Blue Bird XL plugs into a standard household outlet. The kiln ships by convenient UPS. It ships in a special carton with vacuum-formed padding to assure that the kiln will arrive safely.

And, of course, the BlueBird XL is made in America to exacting standards. The kiln is coated with durable high-temperature water base paint, which produces low emissions during spraying. This is better for our employees and the environment.

Features of the BlueBird XL

  • 3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller
  • 1 each 4” high short door and 4 1/4” high tall door for the ultimate in versatility
  • Door latches to hold the doors closed while fusing glass
  • 9” deep firing chamber (measured with doors closed)
  • Firebrick roof, walls, and floor
  • 1”-thick ceramic fiber doors
  • Mandrel holders with 20 slots
  • 1500°F maximum temperature
  • Pinless element grooves in the roof
  • Coated firebricks in roof
  • Mar-proof plastic feet
  • On-off safety switch

The Sentry Xpress 3-key controller is packed with features. It includes two modes: Single Speed and 8-segment Ramp-Hold. The solid state controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. The sealed controller touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.

The controller is easy to use. Read the manual and watch the instructional videos on our website. The kiln includes a Quick Start programming guide and a 16-page controller instruction manual, printed in color.

You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry Xpress controller continually monitors the firing so you do not need to closely watch the kiln. (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.

Features of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller on Paragon Fusion Kilns

  • Program up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Fire to a single temperature at a single speed in Single Speed mode.
  • Store up to 4 programs in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold without having to stop the kiln to reprogram. (For instance, you want to skip to the annealing segment.)
  • Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firing without stopping the kiln to reprogram.
  • Hold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold.
  • Add Hold Time during firing without having to stop the firing to reprogram.
  • Easily control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.
  • Program Review lets you check the program you are about to fire.
  • Program the Temperature Alarm to sound when the kiln reaches a specific temperature. Program an alarm that will remind you to check on the kiln.
  • 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 at a time that best suits your busy schedule.
  • Error Messages report mechanical problems.
  • The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
  • 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 all the controller features in more detail.

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.

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. 

Max. Temperature 1500° F
815° C
Amperage 120 Volts 14
For electrical specifications other than 240 Volt, Single Phase please visit www.paragonweb.com
Watts 1700
Breaker Size 20
Receptacle Type NEMA 5-15R
Circuit Copper Wire Size 12 Gauge
TUV Tested to CSA and UL Standard 499 Yes
CE Yes
Important: Some areas such as Canada and Europe require a lid or door safety switch on kilns. If you would like more information please contact us.
Control Type Sentry Xpress 4.0 Digital 3 Key
Hertz 60
Kiln Type Front Loading Square
Sides 4
Chamber Volume (Cubic Feet) .47
Chamber Size (Length x Width x Depth in inches)

20W x 4.5H x 9D

The Outer Size of the Kiln and the Shipping Size: Width = Left to Right; Depth = Front to Back; Height = Top to Bottom 25.5W x 19D x 16H Inches
Ship Size 32W x 24D x 23H Inches
Ship Weight 86 lbs.
Ship Method & Notes This Kiln Ships Via UPS.

Options and Accessories

 

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Important Information about free shipping

If you are located within our local delivery area (125 miles from our location) we will most likely delivery your order using one of our two delivery trucks. We will contact you to schedule a delivery time. 

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