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Events and Workshops / Kiln Maintenance Seminar in Mesquite, Texas
« on: August 28, 2015, 11:44:40 AM »
The seminar will include several hours of lectures, but it is primarily hands-on this year. You will gain first-hand experience at the seminar. Change an element, crimp a push-on connector to a kiln wire, change a switch, learn to diagnose kiln problems such as a loose thermocouple wire, and cement firebricks. Change a Kiln Sitter tube under the watchful eyes of an expert, and much more.
You can even watch kilns being built on the factory assembly lines . . . or help build kilns yourself under the guidance of master kiln builders.
There is no charge for the seminar. We appreciate that you are already paying the travel expenses to come to the Paragon factory. (We are in Mesquite, Texas, which is 20 minutes east of Dallas.)
 You can sign up for the seminar by sending an email to or calling Amy at 972-288-7557. We are open Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Central Time. Amy will furnished more details and answer questions.

Firing / Kilns / Low voltage during the summer
« on: August 04, 2015, 08:28:07 AM »
Every summer, people report that their kilns fire slowly.

 Even a small drop in voltage can slow your kiln down. Here is an example from my own test firings:     I test-fired a kiln that took 5 hours and 3 minutes to reach 2331 degrees F (1277 C). In an earlier firing on a different circuit, the same test kiln took only 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach 2350 degrees F (1287 C).   
 The difference in voltage between the two 120-volt circuits? Only seven volts. If your kiln is slowing down, do not assume that it is due to worn elements. The voltage to your building may be low due to summer time demand. If so, try firing your kiln when electrical demand is lower and consequently the voltage is higher. Fire at night or early morning.


Arnold Howard
Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA /

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