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Relay Q & A

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Relay Q & A

When ordering a new kiln, the question always comes up about what type of relays we would recommend.  A lot of people know that a relay is something in the kiln that has to do with electricity, but not much beyond that.  Hopefully, this informative blog will get you up to speed if you are scratching your head and wondering why you should care what a relay is.  They are really important to the operation of your kiln, and there are things you should know about the care and maintenance of your relays. 

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Troubleshooting Your Controller

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Troubleshooting Your Controller

From electrical power issues to temperature, display, and keypad problems, Paragon Kilns has designed a Troubleshooting Guide for the Sentry Controller.  Even though it was created by Paragon for the Sentry 2.0, this guide can help with almost any digital controller as the basic principles are the same.  With of all the great insight included in the guide, my favorite part is how it describes the six basic parts a digital kiln uses to control heat. And, understanding how your kiln works will simplify all of your troubleshooting efforts!  

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How Low Voltage Affects Firing Time

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How Low Voltage Affects Firing Time

Knowledge is POWER! Making sure you have the correct voltage is one of the most important factors of kiln efficiency! Plug the kiln into the correct circuit. Low voltage can double the firing time. If your kiln is firing too slowly, make sure the voltage listed on the kiln’s electrical data plate matches the voltage of the electric circuit. The electrical data plate is usually located on the side of the kiln or the switch box. Firing a 240-volt kiln on 208 volts reduces the kiln’s power by 25%. Even a small drop in voltage can affect the firing speed. Low...

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Nothing is More Important Than Workshop Safety!

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Nothing is More Important Than Workshop Safety!

As we have heard a million times, “We're here to have fun, not to get injured.” Nowhere is that more imperative than in your studio or workshop. Protecting yourself from common issues is the first step. From Safety Gloves to Safety Glasses, sometimes it's just hard to find exactly what you need! With that in mind and a little inspiration from the epic song lyrics of Tina Turner... we have put together a few Kiln Frog favorites for you. The BEST Eye, Ear, and Lung Protection Your EYES - Keeping your eyes – and in some cases, your face –covered...

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Why is my Kiln or Oven Not Heating Properly?

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Why is my Kiln or Oven Not Heating Properly?

We all love our kilns and heat treat ovens. I'm even thinking about creating a big sign for Gail's studio that says "Have you hugged your kiln today?"💖 But, let's be honest... using a kiln comes with its share of emotional ups and downs. Knowing how to be a good troubleshooter can help at the time when you are starting to feel the most frustrated. So, let's look at some troubleshooting tips from our friends @ Evenheat! ⚠️#1 issue - Not Heating Start by check for a "blown" fuse or tripped circuit breaker. This is a good time to double...

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