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The Paragon E12A kiln is generally used for ceramics, porceain, firing metal clays, enamelling, fusing glass, making jewellery, and melting metals, although it has other applications. It's a 1290°C kiln with a digital programmer, in Paragon blue, or customised berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
There are four versions with different doors: the E12A, E12A-B, E12A-W, and E12A-BW. The B versions have a bead-annealing door, the W versions have a heat resistant glass viewing-window, and the BW versions have both.
For prices, use the shop link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page. They're for UK-EU voltage, CE-marked, TUV tested, and CL and CSA approved kilns.
Xpress E12 kilns made for Cherry Heaven have easy-adjust lever door-catches. They don't, with use, become too tight or too loose.
Heavy guage long-life nickel-chromium K-type thermocouples replace the older US bead-style and sheathed-style. They respond more quickly to temperature changes and minimise the risk of corrosion and subsequent failure of the bi-metallic tip: often caused by epoxy break-down and the gases produced whilst heating some materials.
The kiln furniture comprises a solid thick durable cordierite shelf for even heat distribution, and four 12mm shelf supports: not just a thin US-style fibre shelf.
Prices include the pro shelf kit, comprehensive instructions, UK VAT, and free continuing support from a top-tier international distributor. So you can start work straight away.
To learn more about the Paragon Q11A, E9A, E10A, E14A, J14, Xpress 1313, Xpress 1613 and other kilns, use the appropriate links above and below the menu bar near the top of the page.
|THE PARAGON XPRESS E12A||ART CLAY AND PMC, DICHROICS, ENAMELLING, BEAD ANNEALING, AND FUSING GLASS|
The Paragon Xpress E12A is a 1230°C, rectangular, front-opening, plug-in, table-top, firebrick kiln, with a ramp-hold Sentry Xpress 3-key digital programmer. Choose Paragon blue, or customised berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise.
Paragon's kiln names often use a suffixed number to represent one or more of the internal dimensions in inches. For this kiln, 12 means that the inside is about 12 inches deep: more accurately 11.5 inches.
The UK-EU kiln is rated at 230V-240V 2700W, so it can use a regular mains socket. To comply with EU safety regulations, it's fitted with an additional door-activated switch that cuts off the power if the kiln is opened: an important safety feature included in the price. However, never get careless: kilns are very hot and connected to the mains.
The outer steel case measures 347mm x 521mm x 510mm high, excluding the safety switch fitted above the door hinge, The case is slotted for air circulation and stays cool, so the kiln doesn't need an extra stand. There's a top vent for lost-wax casting and other processes that might release fumes. The shipping weight is about 41Kg.
The firebrick firing chamber measures 196mm x 295mm x 221mm high, and heats from both sides and the back, with the fast-firing elements lying in pinless dropped-recessed grooves in the 76mm thick bricks. The kiln has an electro-mechanical relay and a long-life nickel-chromium K-type thermocouple.
The UK-EU Xpress E12A, made for Cherry Heaven, heats to 1230°C, although it can be upgraded to 1260°C or 1290°C. In the US it's sometimes called the E12T. The US Xpress E12A only heats to 1095°C and is 152mm high inside.
The programmer's electronic display prompts for heating rates, target temperatures, and hold times, making it easy to set up and re-use accurate heating, holding, and cooling sequences. The optional cone-fire mode, up to cone 10, will simplify your work with ceramics.
The accessories, options, and upgrades for this kiln are in the on-line shop:
a berry, black, jade, navy, pink, purple, or turquoise respray: normally blue
a programmer upgrade: Sentry Xpress 3-key to a Sentry 12-key: more useful features: factory fitted
a programmer upgrade: Sentry Xpress 3-key to a Sentinel Touch Screen: more useful features: factory fitted
a maximum temperature upgrade from 1230°C to 1260°C: factory fitted
a maximum temperature upgrade from 1230°C to 1290°C: factory fitted
a right-hand door hinge: factory fitted
a peephole with a swing-over cover in the centre of the door
a 165mm x 64mm letter-box style bead-anealing door
a 50mm x 50mm heat-resistant glass viewing-window
an electric kiln vent: factory fitted at the side
an auxiliary power output for automatic vent control: factory fitted: needs 12-key
a USB or RS232 computer interface: factory fitted: needs 12-key
a long-life mercury relay upgrade: factory fitted
a long-life S-type platinum-rhodium thermocouple upgrade: factory fitted
stacking shelf kits and shelf paper
ceramic fibre cloth
HEPA dust mask
clear protective glasses
In the photo, you can see that the 3-key programmer is at the bottom. However, as the 12-key is larger, it can't directly replace the 3-key. So the kiln has an extra case fitted to the side, making it wider. The programmer still faces forwards.
And finally, my opinion:
The Xpress E12A is ideal for classrooms, course venues, schools, commercial studios, and professional businesses. It's a tough kiln built to last, the firebrick interior is suited to longer firings, at 1290°C it's hot enough to fire virtually anything, it heats up quickly, it's a front-opener generally preferred for small pieces, and it can hold three stacked shelves.
It's large enough for 180mm bowls, plates, and tiles, a 280mm doll, or 280mm knife blades, and can hold 12 pottery mugs on two shelves.
The Paragon Xpress E12AB door includes a 165mm x 64mm letter-box style bead-anealing door and a bead-mandrel holder. The Paragon Xpress E12AW door includes a 50mm x 50mm heat-resistant glass viewing-window. The Paragon Xpress E12ABW door includes a 165mm x 64mm bead-anealing letter-box style door, a bead-mandrel holder, and a 75mm x 25mm heat-resistant glass viewing-window. Otherwise, they're the same as the E12.
|THE PARAGON XPRESS E12A: KILN FURNITURE|
There's a recommended kit, included in the price: one durable rectangular 190mm x 279mm x 15mm cordierite shelf, four 12mm shelf posts, and 450gm of glass separator.
There are two extra recommended kits, not included in the price: one rectangular 190mm x 279mm x 15mm shelf and four posts, and one square 178mm x 178mm x 15mm shelf and four posts. You can choose 12mm, 25mm, 50mm, 75mm, or 100mm posts.
For continual use at 1290°C, the upgraded version has thicker firebricks, so the shelf is slightly smaller at 178mm x 279mm x 15mm.
Depending on the material or process, and the sizes of your pieces, stacked shelves will hold more work, free up your time, and reduce the unit firing cost: so you might want more kits. This kiln has room for three.