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Chris Lowry
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More kiln questions

Postby Chris Lowry » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:43 am

When fusing, is it important to have elements on the top? I'm really interested in the Pargon Pearl 44 but it only has side elements. Would this kiln work well for fusing and dam casting 1-2" thick?

Please help!!!

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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Yardic Glassworks » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:43 am

Pretty sure the Pearl 44 has top and side elements.....
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Postby Chris Lowry » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:05 pm

Ok so I called Paragon and tried to ask a bunch of questions. They said the top elements are Muffled in the top... Not sure I really understand but is this any good?

I'm very lost. I'd like to buy a larger clam shell type kiln but I have limited power so I don't have a ton of options.

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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Yardic Glassworks » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:57 pm

The top elements in the Pearl are within the fiber top. I have the GL44ADTSD which is similar to the Peal 44, just opens differently and has more depth. I have three Paragon kilns and I am very happy with each of them. In my opinion, the Pearl 44 is a very nice kiln with the additional benefit of being able to more easily build your project in the kiln if you chose to do so. Personally I have experienced great customer service with Paragon as well. Everyone seems to have their own favorites, and there are a lot of different kilns out there, so maybe some others will jump in with their advice. Tim
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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Buttercup » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:15 pm

Don't know where you're located Chris but if you're in North America and have an electric oven or a clothes dryer you'll most likely have 220 v power available. If you wire the kiln to the same circuit and DON'T use the appliances while the kiln is running you should manage. Jen

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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Peter Angel » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:05 pm

Buttercup wrote: DON'T use the appliances while the kiln is running you should manage. Jen


In other words he has to choose between eating and arting. :)
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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Buttercup » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:15 pm

Peter Angel wrote:
Buttercup wrote: DON'T use the appliances while the kiln is running you should manage. Jen


In other words he has to choose between eating and arting :)


.....or air dry his clothes while wearing them...... :shock:

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Postby Peter Angel » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:23 pm

Buttercup wrote:.....or air dry his clothes while wearing them...... :shock:


Standing close to the hot kiln will dry his clothes really fast! :)
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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Chris Lowry » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:07 pm

I live in Hawaii, I do have a 220v 50amp extra plug so I guess I'm good on power for most things.

I like the GL44AD, thinking more of kiln casting and thicker panels. My wife likes the Pearl44 thinking more of fusing and slumping.

Are there any big advantages of these two kilns or is it really just preference?

Thanks again for the help, I do appreciate it.

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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Bert Weiss » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:40 am

Chris Lowry wrote:I live in Hawaii, I do have a 220v 50amp extra plug so I guess I'm good on power for most things.

I like the GL44AD, thinking more of kiln casting and thicker panels. My wife likes the Pearl44 thinking more of fusing and slumping.

Are there any big advantages of these two kilns or is it really just preference?

Thanks again for the help, I do appreciate it.
The late Brian Blanthorn coined a word, "evenivity" The more evenly you heat a piece of glass, the faster you can go without heat shocking it. In my opinion, the ideal fusing kiln has only top elements and is about 12" deep. The ideal casting kiln has elements on 6 sides. The ideal kiln for thick slabs has both floor and roof elements. This will speed up both heat up and anneal times.
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Re: More kiln questions

Postby Chris Lowry » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:38 am

That makes sense, more to think of.

Can you still make thicker slabs without the bottom elements... Just slower?


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