Paragon Janus Dragon Kiln
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|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 Janus Dragon
The Janus Dragon is an industrial furnace that fires both pottery and glass. And considering its features, it is surprisingly affordable.
The Janus Dragon exudes power. Its 16,800 watts heat the 24” wide, 24” deep, 27” high interior to cone 10 with ample power to spare. Dropped, recessed grooves seat industrial-gauge wall and roof elements. (You can even order the optional door elements.)
Select between glass and pottery with the flip of a switch. With the switch in the glass position, heat comes from the top elements and the middle sidewall element. With the switch in the pottery position, heat comes from only the sidewall elements.
In the glass mode, fuse and sag large glass projects placed on a single shelf. In the pottery mode, fire to cone 10. You can also fire several shelves of smaller glass pieces using the pottery mode.
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.
The elements in the roof are mounted in a firebrick “ball” groove that eliminates element pins. The element coils are wider than the groove opening, so the elements stay in place without pins. The groove dissipates heat efficiently.
Extra insulation saves energy. The 4” thick walls, top and door are made of 3” firebrick backed by 1” of ceramic fiber block insulation. The floor is 4 ½” thick firebrick. The extra insulation not only saves energy but also cools slowly. This gives the micro-crystalline structure and color of the glaze sufficient time for full development.
The ventilated switch box is generously louvered for air circulation for the long life of the electrical components. Yet dust is kept to a minimum. Hinged at the bottom, the switch box opens wide for easy maintenance. Open the box in seconds by merely removing two screws at the top. A folding support arm holds the box in the open position. There is plenty of working space around electrical components.
Long-lasting mercury relays power the elements. A bank of built-in NEC/UL compliant high-amperage fuses protects the kiln and circuit wiring. Potters who struggle with top-loading kilns will enjoy the Janus Dragon. The door swings open wide on a heavy ¾” steel rod with sealed bearings. Two spring-loaded latches press the door tightly closed.
The 24” tall stand is also available with casters for easy moving. The stand is priced separately from the Janus Dragon. Also available is the 8” tall stand, which comes with casters.
When ordering a Janus Dragon, specify whether the stand is to ship separate from the Janus Dragon or pre-installed and shipped as one unit.
The Janus Dragon will fit through a 34” doorway if the handles and back element cover are temporarily removed.
Stainless steel finish
Orton Kiln Mount Vent, which mounts to the back of the kiln
Janus Dragon Features
- Glass/pottery selection switch
- Saves electricity with extra insulation
- Heating elements in the walls and roof mounted in recessed grooves
- Cone 10, 2350°F
- 3” insulating firebrick and 1” non-organic block insulation in walls, top and door: 4” total thickness
- 4 ½” thick firebrick bottom
- 9 cubic foot Interior: 24" wide x 24" deep x 27" tall
- Long-lasting mercury relays
- Type K thermocouple with ¼” sheath, or optional Type-S
- Sentry 2.0 controller with programmed cool-down
- Case temperature at cone 10: 170°F (compared to 400-500°F for standard firebrick kilns)
- Two tapered peepholes in the side
- 1” space between switch box and kiln keeps electrical components cooler for long life.
- Hinged switch box opens easily for maintenance.
- UL/CUL & NEC compliant fuses for safety
- Available in 200, 208, 220, 240, 480 v, 1 & 3 phase
- Proportional power elements for more even heating
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||2350° F |
|Amperage 240 Volts||70|
|For electrical specifications other than 240 Volt, Single Phase please visit www.paragonweb.com|
|Circuit Copper Wire Size||2 Gauge|
|TUV Tested to CSA and UL Standard 499||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 Digital 12 Key|
|Kiln Type||Front Loadin Square|
|Chamber Volume (Cubic Feet)||9|
|Chamber Size (Length x Width x Depth in inches)|| |
24W x 24D X 27H
|The Outer Size of the Kiln and the Shipping Size: Width = Left to Right; Depth = Front to Back; Height = Top to Bottom||43.8W x 39.3D x 69H Inches |
|Ship Size||50W x 50D x 77.5H Inches|
|Ship Weight||905 lbs.|
|Ship Method & Notes||This Kiln Ships Via Truck.|
Options and Accessories
The furniture kit consists of carefully selected fireclay shelves and posts for this particular model. 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.
Janus Dragon Furniture Kit
1 C-30 Shelf (22” x 22” x 1”)
4 - C30H ½ Shelf
1½” wide Square Posts, 8 each of -
4”, 6”, 8” lengths
1 lb. Bag Kiln Wash
Furniture Kit Shipping Weight: 130 lbs.
Sentinel Controller optional on new kilns with a Sentry Controller
This kiln can be ordered with the optional Sentinel Smart Touch controller instead of the standard Sentry 2.0 12-key controller. The upgrade price is only for a Sentinel ordered with a new kiln. The Sentinel is available as an option on any Paragon kiln that comes with the 12-key Sentry controller.
The new controller is made by Bartlett Instruments of Fort Madison, Iowa. New Paragon kilns equipped with the Sentinel give a continuous amperage and circuit voltage readout during firings. This is to inform the kiln user of voltage drops during times of heavy electrical demand, such as hot summers. The amperage reading indicates when the elements are beginning to wear.
Ramp-Hold programs can have a customized program title, which is entered through a touch screen. Store 12 custom programs with up to 32 segments per program. The Sentinel includes Novice Mode, which adds questions to guide you during programming. The controller can be updated through WiFi. View the progress of a firing in graph mode. The firing schedule can be edited during firing with Skip Step, Add Segments, Add Temperature, and Add Time. The Sentinel can turn a kiln vent or gas injection flow meter on or off for each segment of a program.Lid or Door Safety Switch
The optional lid or door safety switch turns off power to the heating elements when the lid is raised or door is opened. 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 or front of the door. IMPORTANT: The lid or door safety switch is required in some areas such as Canada and Europe. Orton Ventmaster, Installed
KILNVENT MASTER 120V M9 VENT MASTER, Installed (on large 4-sided kilns) The patented Orton Vent Master not only vents fumes but also improves firing results. At this price, the vent is factory-installed onto the back of the kiln.
It pulls fresh oxygen into the kiln for brighter colors, especially noticeable with red and orange glazes and decals. Fire red and green glazes in the same load without glaze contamination. The Vent Master draws air from the kiln, dilutes it with room air, and pushes it outdoors through a vent hose.
The extra oxygen and increased air movement help burn carbon out of the clay, which helps eliminate a host of firing problems: bloating, dark patches in the clay, porcelain mildew, pinholes, pitting, blisters, and bubbles.
The Vent Master removes fumes containing volatile metals, fluorides and sulphur oxides. You can fire even lusters, decals, metallics, and pate-de-verre glass without strong odor.
The flow of fresh air helps even out the temperature throughout the kiln. The vent also extends the life of the Kiln Sitter tube assembly, since fumes by-pass the tube. You will enjoy the convenience of the Vent Master. Throughout the firing, keep the lid closed and peephole plugs inserted. You no longer need to remember to lower the hot lid from vented position.
The Vent Master increases firing time by about five minutes for firings up to cone 4; 12 minutes for firings from cone 4 to 10. It has little effect on maximum temperature. At 132 watts, electrical consumption of the Vent Master motor is only pennies per firing.
From the shut-off temperature down to 1000°F, the Vent Master has little effect on cooling time. From 1000°F to room temperature, it reduces cooling time by about two hours.
As with Paragon kilns, the Orton Vent Master can be made for any electrical system in the world. Approved for use in the 1992 Uniform Mechanical Code. UL/CSA approved for UL Listed kilns. ETL Listed, CE Certified. Two year limited warranty.
The Vent Master requires a separate 120 volt wall plug unless your kiln is equipped with the AOP vent. (Vents that plug into the AOP of a 208 or 240 volt kiln must be the same voltage as the kiln.)
A 3’ long 2” duct comes with each vent. The 2” duct runs between the collection cup and the blower motor. Use 4” aluminum dryer duct or 4” PVC pipe between the motor and the vent outlet. (Do not use vinyl dryer duct.)
Since the vent motor is away from the kiln, there is no vibration in the kiln, the motor is kept away from the heat of the kiln, and the fan is easy to clean. The Vent Master works with all Paragon kilns except the smallest tabletop models. The Vent Master can vent two kilns. For the second kiln, order the Vent Master Expansion Kit.Auxiliary Port for Orton Vent-Master
AUXILLARY OUTPUT FOR SENTRY II CONTROLLERS (VENT CONTROL) The AOP (Auxiliary Output) is an electrical outlet mounted to the kiln. Plug either a downdraft vent or an external alarm into the AOP. Control the vent with Cone-Fire or Ramp-Hold modes. PC Control Port for Sentry 2
RS232 PORT ON SENTRY 2 CONTROLLERS (PC CONTROL) The RS232 is a computer port mounted to the kiln. You can monitor the kiln from a computer and store a record of each firing on your hard drive. Print graphs of firings. Type S Thermocouple Upgrade for Single Zone
Optional Type-S premium-grade thermocouple for single-zone 2 1/2" - 3" wall kilns. Ideal for firings above cone 4. It is extremely long lasting even at stoneware temperatures. (This price is for the thermocouple that is factory-installed on your new kiln.) 24 inch tall Dragon Stand without Casters
24" stand for Dragon: 32.5" X 29.25" X 24" high. With the stand, the Dragon floor is 38" high. Specify whether the stand is to be shipped separate from the Dragon or attached and shipped as one unit. (Note: The basic Dragon kiln price does not include a stand.) Shipping dimensions: 36" wide x 34" deep x 32" high. 18 inch tall Dragon Stand without Casters
18" stand for Dragon: 32.5" X 29.25" X 18" high. With the stand, the Dragon floor is 32" high. Specify whether the stand is to be shipped separate from the Dragon or attached and shipped as one unit. (Note: The basic Dragon kiln price does not include a stand.) 24 inch tall Dragon Stand with Casters
24" stand with casters for Dragon: 32.5" X 29.25" X 24" high. (Stand height includes casters.) With the stand, the Dragon floor is 38" high. Specify whether the stand is to be shipped separate from the Dragon or attached and shipped as one unit. (Note: The basic Dragon kiln price does not include a stand.) 18 inch tall Dragon Stand with Casters
18" stand with casters for Dragon: 32.5" X 29.25" X 18" high. (Stand height includes casters.) With the stand, the Dragon floor is 32" high. Specify whether the stand is to be shipped separate from the Dragon or attached and shipped as one unit. (Note: The basic Dragon kiln price does not include a stand.) Dragon Door Elements
Elements in the door improve heat distribution. Adding door elements to the Dragon does not change the overall amperage. The wall elements receive less amperage than the wall elements of a standard Dragon. Dragon Stainless Steel Finish
Brushed stainless steel finish instead of painted.
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