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I fired my kiln last night same as I have been for the last 2+ years to cone 03 usually takes about 7.26 hours, half way through I went to check the kiln and the orton sentry xpress control board displayed CPLT @ 4.11 it was still at 1400 degrees F so I waited til this morning to open it and 4 shelves of beads and pendants were completely melted i mean gone! a giant blob of glass 4 shelves deep I dont understand what happened, I fired the same as always, the control bored should have gave me an error message if it got too hot, my question is could my work have melted like this not because it got too hot but because it reached temperature twice as fast as normal?? a few months back i woke up to a kiln load of glazed ware that didnt finish fring the display read HTDE Heat temperature deviation kiln shut off because relay got stuck or something, i never figured it out i refired and watched the kiln and it worked without issue until today, and one more thing to add is that if the relay was stuck bridged than i would have had to physically shut off the kiln would have still been hot but the kiln read Completed after just 4 hours also the control bored would give an error if it overheated, I cant let this happen again, paragon wants to send replacement parts but i want to know what the problem even is, they said replace the control bored and the relay but why? which is it and what happened, did my kiln furniture and jewelry all melt because it fired too fast or did my kiln get too hot and somehow bypass showing an error message? and once again as far as it appears kiln seems to be working again thanks for any help! P.s. I attached images to see what happened to my high fire kiln shelves when fired to cone 03 in 4 hours and 11min
Hi, Had a bit of a scare on the weekend. I have a Paragon Model LT-3K kiln, and have run it for three years without much issue. I was firing cone 06 on the weekend and was moving the top temperature dial from 1 to 2 and I saw a flash on the top side of the kiln while adjusting the knob. I looked into the kiln as the lid was notched open at this point and the top element was on. I called my local Paragon dealer and they asked if I had vacuumed the coil channels recently, and I replied no. She said sometimes if a bit of glaze gets in there it can create a small arc. She said if the element is still working it should be ok. As the kiln was working fine, and I could not get the flash to occur again (I tried to adjust the temp using the knob up and down) I continued on with the fire. Fast-forward 5 hours, the lid is closed, and plugs are in. The kiln is not at Max heat yet but pretty close. As I move the top knob to 5.5 on the dial setting a large flash occurs, very bright, with an audible pop. The flash (what I think is an arc) then knocks the power to the whole house out. The kiln is in the garage and I have a dedicated 30A breaker for it. I went to the basement and tripped the breaker restoring power. I went back to the garage, the kiln didnâ€™t reach temp so the kiln sitter had not tripped, the power light however was not on. I unplugged the kiln, and let it cool. Yesterday I unloaded it and there was nothing touching the walls or coils in the kiln. I donâ€™t feel that I have glaze in any of the coil channels. I am at a bit of a loss to what may have happened. Paragon is closed today as is my local dealer. I plan to have an electrician look at it, but would like to give some direction to him. Any thoughts on what may have happened? Thanks ~Mal
I have a new Paragon Kiln TNF-82 with a 12 key Sentry digital controller. I am so very confused as to the firing schedules. Ie. ramp up. Cool down etc. I used to own a manual kiln with a kiln sitter. I just put the bar in and it shut off when done. Now, can I fire the same way, or do I need to do a ramp up and slow cool? I am firing 12 x 12 x 1/2" tiles. First to bisque, then to ^6. I plan on stacking 4 on each shelf as suggested by an expert to bisque. Do I need to slow cooling down? Does anyone have a firing scedule for bisque and glaze firing I could follow? Its taken 3 weeks to dry these tiles, (46) and I really hate to see them mess up because I did something stupid! I have read all over the internet and have bought several books, but am still so confused!! I am sure i will learn and love my new digital, but right now it's very intimidating!!! Please help!! Please!!! Thank you Linda
I purchased an older used TnF-24 Paragon kiln recently and added a new AutoFire -3000 controller to it. I test fired a bisque load at cone 04 last week and didnâ€™t have any problems. Yesterday I fired a glaze load to cone 6 and I was getting a firing too slow warning (FTH) out of the controller. It finally stopped at 2161 F degrees with a firing took too long warning (FTL). I sure hope that my glaze firing is not ruined. The elements looked to be in good condition but obviously something is wrong with the kiln. Where should I start to diagnose this problem? Jeff B