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Arnold Howard

Member Since 26 May 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 14 2014 09:15 AM
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In Topic: Ftl Error Message

14 April 2014 - 08:51 AM

I have a Paragon Caldera with the Sentry Xpress controller. I put the kiln on last night on a cone 6 program with a "slow" speed. When I checked this morning I had an FTL error message and it was held at 922 degrees centigrade (1691F). I restarted the program with a "fast" speed and it's currently up to 1039c (1902f) and seems fine.  Is there a reason why it would not be able to gain temp on the slow setting?  The kiln is about 18 months old, I replaced the thermocouple about 4 months ago.  I've been told it could be the relay or the elements need replacing, how would I know which?  Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. 

You're right--a kiln with worn elements should have an easier time maintaining a slow firing than a fast firing. Perhaps the FTL appeared because the voltage was low during that particular firing. It is not unusual for the line voltage that is coming into your building to fluctuate.

 

Should you need to replace the elements, please use the newest element replacement instructions. We just recently revised the manual:

 

http://www.paragonwe...nfo.cfm?CID=177

 

Let me know if you have questions. I have included my email address below.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: Buying A Kiln

05 March 2014 - 06:13 PM

Duncan 1029-2 is not the full model number. The kiln could be manual, semi-automatic, or digital. Nevertheless, if the kiln is 240 volts, you will need at least a 50 amp, 240 volt circuit.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: I'm A Glass Worker Buying A Ceramics/glass Kiln, And I Have A Q About Por...

21 February 2014 - 12:21 PM

Thank you for reply! I'm limited in my choice because we're working with a 30 amp breaker and re-wiring is not currently an option. I'm not completely up on my electrical knowledge...will pulling only 20 amps mean that it'll take longer to hit max temp, or that there is a chance it will not hit it at all?

I didn't realize that glass was your primary medium. In that case, the Janus-1613 may be a better choice than the TnF- or Xpress-1613-3. At any rate, the 27-amp TnF- and Xpress-1613-3 kilns can fire on a 240 volt, 30 amp circuit. The circuit must be wired with #10 copper or heavier.

 

By the way, I hope it doesn't seem that I'm trying to sell Paragon kilns on this forum. I rarely answer posts that ask for purchasing recommendations.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: I'm A Glass Worker Buying A Ceramics/glass Kiln, And I Have A Q About Por...

21 February 2014 - 10:17 AM

Hi, I'm looking at either

 

http://www.clay-king...ess_11_9_3.html

 

or

 

http://www.clay-king...janus_1613.html

 

for my new studio. We have both 120 and 220 v electric with 30 amp breakers.

 

My question is: will porcelain FULLY vitrify at 2300°F (the first kiln) or 2350°F (the second)?

Thanks for considering a Paragon kiln. Of the two kilns you are looking at, I recommend the 1613, but not in the Janus series. The reason is that since you will fire porcelain, you need a high amperage kiln. The TnF-1613-3 and the Xpress-1613-3 pull 27 amps (6,400 watts). The Janus-1613 pulls only 20 amps (4,800 watts). The TnF-1613-3 was designed by Seeley during the mid-1990s. They tested literally hundreds of porcelain doll heads in the prototypes of that kiln.

 

The only difference between the TnF-1613-3 and the Xpress-1613-3 is the controller. The TnF-series controller has 12 keys, and the Xpress-series has 3 keys. The Sentry Xpress 3-key controller seems to be gaining in popularity over the Sentry 12-key controller, because the 3-key is less expensive and has most of the features of the 12-key. However, programming the 12-key is faster, because you can type the temperatures from a keypad. The temperatures in the Sentry Xpress 3-key are selected by scrolling.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


In Topic: Newbie With Kiln Issues - Help, Please?

04 February 2014 - 05:34 PM

Norm, that is interesting. Maybe your controller is one cone off. I like the simplicity of your solution, which is to program a firing for one cone cooler. I think you will like the S-type thermocouple.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com