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blue birdxl kiln

BlueBird XL

Glass Bead Annealing Kiln

The Paragon BlueBird XL has a new and improved ceramic fiber roof, thicker doors with new gaskets, heavier mandrel holders, and a stainless steel control panel.

The BlueBird XL is a dream kiln for the glass bead enthusiast. This 20" wide, 8" deep kiln safely anneals glass to prevent breakage during cooling. With your own Paragon annealing kiln, you will never again worry about stress fractures in your glass.

The kiln opens doorways of opportunity in bead making. The 10" wide double doors give a total of 20" width for inserting bead rods. This kiln is ideal for seminar teachers. It is like having two kilns in one.

The user-friendly 3-key Sentry Xpress digital controller maintains the annealing temperature. Program it for the length of time desired. Adjust the cooling rate through the annealing range. The controller is packed with features but is so easy to use that your child could program it.

Improved Ceramic Fiber Top

The BlueBird XL features new sinusoidal “wavy” elements, which are embedded close to the inner surface of the high-tech, vacuum-formed ceramic fiber top. This is an improvement over our earlier embedded coiled elements, because the “wavy” elements are mounted closer to the surface. This enables the elements to radiate heat faster for longer element life. The ceramic fiber top reduces dust inside the kiln.

Improved Double Doors with Gaskets

Both doors are 3½" x 10" and mounted in a 4¼" high opening. The ¾" gap under the doors is filled by flexible, high temperature door gaskets, which help to hold in heat. The 2" thick ceramic fiber doors are twice the thickness of our original doors. The hinges are continuous across the top for extra longevity.

Bead Mandrel Holders

The kiln comes with a single and a double mandrel holder. The single holder supports rods or mandrels from one point; the double cradles the rods at two points. The holders are held by magnets. They are sturdy and heavy for stability.

Rare-Earth Magnets Hold Doors Open or Closed

Rare-earth magnets hold the doors closed while the kiln is heating to annealing temperature. Phenolic knobs on the door handles stay cool to the touch. Use the switch on the front panel to turn off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use .

We have added a glass rod warmer on top of the kiln. Pre-heating glass rods saves production time.

Heavy-Duty Construction

The BlueBird XL has durable 2½" thick insulating firebrick walls and floor. The steel base supports the kiln in two layers. The upper steel base supports and strengthens the firebrick floor; the lower steel base covers the entire kiln bottom where it rests on your worktable. Electrical components are mounted to the lower base, away from the heat of the firing chamber.

The Sentry Xpress digital controller is mounted under the kiln in an ergonomically sloped panel for easy operation. The design saves table space over kilns with a side switch box. The built-in base stays cool even during extended hold times for the long life of the electrical system. It is slotted to dissipate heat and comes with mar-proof plastic feet.

The Blue Bird XL plugs into a standard household outlet. The kiln ships by convenient UPS. It ships in a special carton with vacuum-formed padding to assure that the kiln will arrive safely.

And, of course, the BlueBird XL is made in America to exacting standards. The kiln is coated with durable high-temperature water base paint, which produces low emissions during spraying. This is better for our employees and the environment.

Features of the BlueBird XL:

  • 3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller
  • 2 - 3½" high doors with flexible high temperature gasket
  • Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open or closed
  • The firing chamber is 8" deep measured with doors closed; 10" deep measured with doors open
  • 2" thick ceramic fiber doors with flexible gaskets
  • 2½" thick firebrick walls and floor
  • Mandrel holders attach to the kiln with magnets
  • 1500°F maximum temperature
  • Ceramic fiber roof with embedded elements
  • Mar-proof plastic feet
  • On-off safety switch

Designed For Production

Paragon’s warranty is not affected by frequency of use. Fire your new kiln every day if you want, even in commercial settings. That will have no effect on the warranty period.

Optional colors at no extra charge

Brighten your studio with color! Order your kiln in one of our standard colors at no extra charge . . . berry, black, blue, hot pink, jade, navy, purple, or turquoise. Scroll down to see color samples in the options section.




The BlueBird Kiln List Price Our LOW Price
BlueBird-XL


$1,045 List Price:
$1,125
Our Low Price:
$809

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Specifications

Kiln Type

Front Loading Square

Sides

4

Understanding Chamber Measurements

kiln dementions

Chamber Volume

0.47 CU.FT.
13.31 liters

Chamber Width

20.00 IN
508 mm

Chamber Depth

9.00 IN
229 mm

Chamber Height

4.50 IN
114 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

29.00 W x 20.00D x 17.00H Inches
637W x 508D x 432H mm

Ship Size

31.00W x 24.00D x 22.00H Inches
787W x 610D x 559H mm

Ship Weight

90.00 Lbs.
40.82 Kg.

Max. Temperature

1500°F
815°C

Amps

14

Phase

1

Watts

1700

Nema

5-15R

Breaker Size

20

Circuit Copper Wire Size

12 gauge

TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499

Y

CE

Y

Voltage

120

Hertz

60

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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