You can make figurines up to 12” tall in the F-130 Elite. Anneal large glass beads and marbles. Raise the spring-loaded vertical-drop door to insert a glass figurine with a punty rod. Lower the door. The punty rod will extend outside the firing chamber through the smaller punty rod door. This allows even large glass pieces to anneal safely.Enjoy the glittering beauty of dichroic glass. This kiln will give you a haven of creative enjoyment that will immerse you for many years. Imagine how it could change your life style.
New thicker firebricks
The firebricks in the roof, walls, door, and bottom are 3” thick. This is 20% more insulation than the standard 2 1/2” firebricks in the walls and bottom of our earlier F-130 kilns. The extra insulation enables the F-130 to maintain a temperature hold with greater ease.
A deluxe mercury relay is standard
We have upgraded the F-130 with the deluxe mercury relay, which controls the cycling of the heating elements. The relay is industrial grade and heavy-duty for extra long life. Glass artists cherish the dependability of the mercury relay.
Sidewall heating elements
Sidewall heat is now standard in the F-130. The element heats from the sides and back of the kiln in dropped, recessed wall grooves. We recommend that you order the optional safety door switch, which turns off the element when the door is raised. (The temperature controller will continue to operate when the safety switch turns off the elements.)
If you prefer an element in the top instead of the walls, please specify when you place your order. The price of the F-130 is the same whether the element is in the walls or the top. Top elements are mounted in deluxe pinless element grooves. For an extra fee, you can also order top and sidewall elements in the same kiln.
Deluxe door gaskets
Because of a gap under the small punty rod door, you can usually close the door all the way even when mandrels extend past the firing chamber. This helps to retain the heat in the kiln. Powerful, rare-earth magnets hold the punty rod door in the open and closed positions. To further retain heat, the 4” x 8” punty rod door is 2” thick and includes two woven, flexible high-temperature gaskets.
New slide-out mandrel holder
We have added an adjustable mandrel holder to the front of the kiln. Adjust it horizontally and vertically without tools. Position the heavy-duty welded mandrel holder from 4 1/2” to 13” in front of the main section of kiln floor. (Note: The firebrick extension on the front of the kiln extends 3” beyond the front edge of the kiln floor.) Then tighten the mandrel holder with the thumb screws on each side of the kiln. The holder slides inside steel tubes ingeniously mounted in the base of the kiln. The stainless steel mandrel rest, which includes 7 slots, can also be adjusted vertically.
New sloped control panel
The control panel is angled for easy viewing and operation of the digital controller. Program the kiln from a comfortable position. The controller, pilot light, and switch are mounted on a brushed stainless steel plate. Gain easy access to the electrical components by removing the front panel.
Convenient digital temperature controller
Maintain the annealing temperature indefinitely with the Sentry Xpress 3-key controller. The controller is packed with features. It includes two firing modes: Single Speed and 8-segment Ramp-Hold. Single Speed mode is especially easy and quick to learn. The thermocouple, which senses the temperature, is protected with a high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long, trouble free life.
The kiln operates on a standard household mains plug socket and costs are very , very cheap to run.Specs are,Max temp 925 oc ,Single phase electric power, Internal measurements are 279mm deep x 330mm high x 279mm wide. External measurements are 559mm wide x 660mm deep x 730mm high.Designed for long life with a stay cool exterior shell. This kiln carries the Paragon standard 12 month warranty.