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Crucible Kiln Model 1333 The Darby Dipper

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darby dipper kiln
Model 1333
This version of the kiln is outfitted to work with soft glass. Soda lime and similar glasses.
Runs on three elements.
List Price:$1,548

Our Low Price:$1,207

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darby dipper kiln replacement element
Model 1333SE
Single standard replacement element for the Darby Dipper Kiln, Model 1333b. List Price: $36

darby dipper kiln
Model 1333b
This version of the kiln is outfitted with three heavy-duty longer lasting elements designed to facilitate work with borosilicate. Melting a pot of boro requires running the kiln near its maximum temperature;
during these types of firings, normal elements wear faster and require frequent replacement. The elements in this version of the kiln minimize the need for replacing elements, although in boro work replacing elements is a fact of life. Runs on three elements. These kilns are made to order and delivery might take a little longer
List Price: $2,010

Our Low Price:$1,728

darby dipper kiln replacement element
Model 1333E
Single APM replacement element for the Darby Dipper Kiln, Model 1333b. List Price:$124

The Darby Dipper Crucible Kiln

The Darby Dipper glass blower's kiln will give you the freedom to enjoy crucible firing in a small space. Mix your own custom glass colors. Make paperweights, blown vessels, stringers, and much more. Imagine pulling your own neon tubing in this affordable kiln.

Crucible Cover, Extra Insulation, Recessed Grooves, K-25 Firebricks

The firebrick top is held in place with two spring latches. (For easy replacement, the top does not have a hinge.) Access the crucible through a 6" hole in the firebrick top. A firebrick crucible cover is placed over the 6" hole. The cover has a wooden handle, stainless steel band, and a ½" lip that fits into the crucible hole

The Darby Dipper's walls, top, and bottom are made of 3" high temperature K-25 firebricks. These bricks are 20% thicker than standard 2½" firebricks and designed for prolonged high temperature holds. For extra insulation, the walls are wrapped with a ceramic fiber blanket, which is behind the stainless steel case. With the extra insulation and heavy-duty elements, the Darby Dipper is reliable even during very long heat soaks. For easy maintenance, tighten the stainless steel top band and kiln case with the case adjustment screws.

The heating elements are seated and protected in dropped, recessed sidewall grooves. The built-in stand comes with mar-proof plastic feet and provides the firebrick bottom with a full layer of sheet metal support.

The Darby Dipper comes with a mechanical relay, which sends power from the controller to the elements. You can order the optional deluxe mercury relay; it lasts much longer than the mechanical relay. We recommend the mercury relay for crucible kilns that will see heavy use. Scroll down past the kiln specifications for more information.

Platinum Thermocouple

The deluxe S-Type platinum thermocouple with ceramic protection tube is standard on the Darby Dipper kiln. This deluxe thermocouple, usually found on large, expensive kilns, far outlasts the standard K-Type.

A Convenient Digital Controller

The Darby Dipper includes the Sentry Xpress digital controller. Because of the extended holds at high temperatures, the controller is in a separate wall-mounted panel. This keeps the controller away from the heat for longer life. The control panel is attached to the kiln with 6' cables. The Sentry Xpress is user friendly and comes with a detailed instruction manual. For easy reference, place the Quick Start Guide near the kiln.

Program the digital controller for the exact consistency of glass melt that you need. Enjoy predictable, repeatable results. A pilot light glows when the elements turn on. The kiln comes with a one-year warranty. (Please note: Due to the long firing cycles of a crucible kiln, the warranty does not cover the heating elements.)

Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller Features

  • Design programs with up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Fire to a single temperature at a single speed in the simplified Single Speed mode.
  • Ramp-Hold mode can store 4 programs.
  • Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold during firing without having to stop the kiln to reprogram.
  • Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firing without having to stop the kiln to reprogram.
  • Hold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold.
  • Add Hold Time during firing without having to stop the kiln to reprogram.
  • Control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.
  • Program Review lets you check the program you are about to fire.
  • Program the Temperature Alarm to sound when the kiln reaches a specific temperature. Use this to remind yourself to check on the kiln.
  • Temperature display throughout firing and cooling in your choice of F° or C°
  • Thermocouple Offset adjusts the thermocouple readout.
  • Set the Delay to turn on the kiln later to suit your schedule.
  • Error Messages report mechanical problems such as a disconnected thermocouple, stuck relay or broken element.
  • 12 Month Warranty
  • LED Lights show whether you are in program, review, or firing mode.

Quality Components

Wires are fastened to the elements with heat-dissipating connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns. Elements are coiled from the finest high-temperature wire available. The Darby Dipper control box is finished in a durable high temperature, water-base blue paint, which releases low emissions in the factory during spraying. This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on pollution.

And, of course, the glass blower's Darby Dipper furnace is made in America by skilled workers. Many of them have been with Paragon for over a decade. Paragon is proud to be an employee-focused company.

Darby Dipper Features

  • Deluxe S-Type platinum thermocouple
  • Sentry Xpress digital controller
  • 6 in crucible hole with firebrick cover
  • in thick firebricks in the top, walls, and bottom
  • Ceramic fiber insulation behind the firebrick walls
  • Stainless steel case tighteners for easy maintenance
  • Dropped, recessed element grooves
  • Built-in base; no extra stand needed

Darby Dipper Kiln


Kiln Type

Top Loading Square



Understanding Chamber Measurements

Chamber Volume

0.29 CU.FT.
8.21 litres

Chamber Length

7.50 IN
191 mm

Chamber Width

7.50 IN
191 mm

Chamber Depth

9.00 IN
229 mm

The Outer Size of the Kiln and the Shipping Size: Width = Left to Right; Depth = Front to Back; Height = Top to Bottom

Outer Size

15.00W x 18.75D x 22.50H Inches
381W x 476D x 572H mm

Ship Size

27.00W x 27.00D x 23.00H Inches
686W x 686D x 584H mm

Ship Weight

95.00 Lbs.
43.09 Kg.

Max. Temperature










Breaker Size


Circuit Copper Wire Size

12 gauge

TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499








Nema Details


Disclaimer: The specifications above assume that the kiln will be plugged into a dedicated circuit. Local electric codes supersede our recommendations.

The pricing and electrical specifications for the above products reflect their design for use in the United States. The International versions of most models will have variations in electrical specifications and price due to consumer safety requirements or electrical regulations.

Ship Method & Notations

This Kiln Ships Via UPS

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