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Arnold Howard

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    Mesquite, Texas USA
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    Writing, history, glass fusing, martial arts. I enjoy watching movies with family.

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  1. Arnold Howard

    General Kiln Questions

    It's a good idea to load kiln-washed shelves for your first firing. Arnold
  2. Arnold Howard

    General Kiln Questions

    As long as the shelves are stored in a dry area, humidity won't be a concern. You shouldn't let dust get onto the kiln. The dust could settle into the switch box and cause the electrical components to overheat. I suggest that when the kiln is not in use, cover it to keep out the dust, and keep it disconnected from the power. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  3. Arnold Howard

    Old Kilns - not in working order for years

    Angelia, I didn't see a picture of the electrical data plates, but I believe your Paragon kiln is an A-82B. It appears to be in mint condition. The other kiln is a Vulcan. Here is an instruction sheet for testing your A-82B. With these instructions, you won't even need to turn on the kiln to check the elements, switches, cord, Kiln Sitter, etc. This is because the ohmmeter readings are taken from the plug prongs, while the kiln is unplugged. http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM20-Ohmmeter%20Readings%20Paragon%20kilns.pdf Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  4. Arnold Howard

    Paragon QF fiber kiln

    I don't recommend firing directly on the QuikFire IV fiber bottom. A shelf would last much longer. Paragon no longer sells the 4" x4" shelf. But we can cut a shelf down to that size for you. If you are interested, please send an email to info@paragonweb.com. Laura will answer. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  5. Arnold Howard

    Paragon QF fiber kiln

    The kiln is the QuikFire IV. We eventually discontinued that kiln because the larger 6" x 6" x 6" became more popular. The QuikFire IV will reach 1,000F in five minutes, so you have to be very careful not to overfire the kiln. Please do not let the kiln get hotter than 2,000°F. The instruction manual: http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM110-Quikfire_Inst_&_Service_Manual.pdf I hope you enjoy the kiln as much as I have. Sincerely, Arnold Howard / Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  6. Arnold Howard

    Old Kilns - not in working order for years

    Angelia, could you post photos of the kilns? Or you could check the electrical data plates for the model numbers. The data plates are on the side of the switch box for most models. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  7. The DTC 1000 is a Bartlett controller, which is the brand that most people on this forum are familiar with. If the kiln is in good shape, then it will probably perform like a new one. Paragon recommends a circuit with #6 copper wire for that model. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon / Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  8. Arnold Howard

    Help firing older kiln

    Janie, here are the instruction manuals for your SnF kiln: http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM104-Paragon-Ceramic-Kilns-April20181.pdf http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM239-Paragon-Cer-Kilns-Ver2-HR1.pdf Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  9. Arnold Howard

    Electric Kiln & Fire Sprinklers

    According to my notes, red is rated to 325-375F. You should be with your kiln during operation. If the sprinkler system is activated while you are away, the damage to the building could be costly. I've heard of schools in Texas that were flooded because of sprinkler heads that were activated by kilns. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  10. Arnold Howard

    Unknown kiln make need rewiring

    The bricks appear to be in almost perfect condition. Is it British? I would ask local dealers about the kiln. They may know the brand. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA / ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  11. Arnold Howard

    Questions about an Old Paragon Kiln

    I love the pictures you posted. Your kiln appears to be in mint condition. Judging from the outside of the kiln, it has been taken care of and will probably give you many years of useful life. You can test the kiln with these instructions: http://paragonweb.com/ManualInfo.cfm?CID=197 Sincerely, Arnold Howard / Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  12. Arnold Howard

    Vintage American beauty / Cress electric kilns

    If your kilns are in good shape, I would keep them. You will learn a lot from firing switch-operated kilns. I suggest phoning Cress. The people there are very helpful. Cress Mfg. Co. 775-884-2777 or 800-423-4584 Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA / ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  13. Arnold Howard

    Gare Kiln

    You can download our instruction manual. Much of the information will apply to your kiln since it covers the Kiln Sitter. http://paragonweb.com/ManualInfo.cfm?CID=148 Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  14. Arnold Howard

    Cookies

    Chocolate chip or peanut butter? When Mel Jacobson taught high school ceramics, his students made ceramic "cookies" that looked like real peanut butter cookies, complete with fork impressions. The faculty learned not to take cookies from the clay room. The cookies weren't fired, of course. Arnold Howard
  15. Arnold Howard

    gas kiln.

    I have Thermal Ceramics brand K23 and K25 bricks in front of me. They look the same. New bricks are stamped with the temperature rating on the end. There is a slight difference in weight: K23, 2.5" thick: 1 lb., 15 oz. K25, 2.5" thick: 2 lb., 7 oz. I recommend "21st Century Kilns." It is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/21st-Century-Kilns-Mel-Jacobson-ebook/dp/B06XGMQQF8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521565719&sr=1-1&keywords=21st+century+kilns&dpID=51%2B9YN5VCQL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USAahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
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