31 October 2016

How do I ship a kiln to Alaska, Hawaii or Canada?

The free shipping offered by Kiln Frog is great for those of you who live in the Continental US, you know... the 48 adjoining states, but what about Alaska, Hawaii, and, our neighbor to the north, Canada? No problem... we've got you covered!  

If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada, we are happy to ship to a freight forwarder in the continental US for free, then you pay the freight from there. This saves you money and also lets you take advantage of the free shipping benefits on our site. So, all you pay is from the freight forwarder to you and, we promise, that's a really big savings.

30 October 2016

Glass Glossary and more...

This glossary is designed to assist you in finding and understanding all of the various terms associated with glass, ceramics, metal, clay, enameling, and more! We hope you will find this a useful resource as we have emptied our brains and have nothing left to share with you!

26 October 2016

After installing new elements, should I fire the kiln empty or is it OK to just start firing normally?

In the ideal situation, after installing new elements, the kiln should be empty for the first firing. This allows the elements to form an oxide coating without interference from external sources. However, if you are under a tight schedule, you can fire with items in the kiln during that first firing. This will only slightly affect the life of the element.

15 October 2016

Announcing Paragon Touch Screen Controllers

Manufactured by Bartlett Instruments, Paragon Kilns is excited to offer a new touch screen digital controller called the Sentinel Smart TouchSentinel Smart Touch Controllers are in stock and are available on any Paragon kiln that comes with the Sentry 2.0 Controller.
The Sentinel Smart Touch has a modern and intuitive user platform with touch-screen technology for an effortless user interface. It can store up to 12 custom user programs with up to 32 segments per program, and has the ability to make adjustment during a firing such as add segments, add temperature, and skip segments. The easy-to-follow screen descriptions and graphical display of the firing process, allowing the Sentinel Smart Touch to make firing kilns extremely straightforward.
Additionally, 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.