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Paragon Kiln - TNF 283

Paragon Kiln - TNF 283

$ 4,164.07 $ 5,617.10


Paragon TNF 28-3
Dimensions Inside: 28" (width) x 29" (depth)
Dimensions Outside: 36.3" (width) x 45.5" (depth) x 48" (height)
Shelf Size: 26” Round Shelf - NOT INCLUDED
Elements: Side Element Only
Max Temp: Fires to 2150° F 
Voltage: 240 volts 
Amperage: 48 amps 
Watts: 11,500 watts 
Receptacle: 6-50R
Shipping Weight: 498# (Freight)



  • FREE SHIPPING in the contiguous US!
  • Digital Sentry 12-Key Controller
  • 2”-high blank bricks in the top row of sidewalls 
  • Sectional design for easier maintenance and moving through narrow passageways
  • Sections secured with deluxe twist-lock spring latches
  • Lock-in lid support
  • Large, tapered peepholes
  • Ventilated switch box
  • Heavy-duty elements
  • Dropped, recessed brick grooves eliminate the need to pin elements
  • Hand lifts
  • Dust-free coating in the peepholes, both sides of the lid and top rim of firebrick
  • Operating instructions silk-screened on the switch box
  • Heavy-gauge stainless steel case
  • Certified to CSA and UL Standard 499
  • Full-formed steel base completely protects the brick bottom
(Call or email us for special configurations!)

The massive, 12-sided Paragon digital TnF-283 kiln is a profit center of the busy ceramic studio. It eats up stacks of low-fire ware. At a cost per cubic foot, the TnF-283 is one of the most economically priced standard kilns we make.

During busy seasons when orders are backlogged, you will be grateful you own a dependable Paragon kiln. Studio owners call these kilns “real work horses.”

Paragon studio kilns have withstood years of abuse in school environments. High school ceramics teachers fire these kilns unmercifully, without remorse. Yet the kilns keep going. People swear by them.


Sectional Construction

The TnF-28-3 now features sectional construction. Separate the kiln bottom and sections to repair bricks, change elements, or to move the kiln down narrow stairwells or through the narrowest doorways. Twist-lock spring latches hold the assembled collars securely.

The top row of brick in the TnF-28-3 is 2” high and without element grooves. It is less susceptible to damage during loading than a grooved brick. We have upgraded the TnF-28-3 kiln to 48 amps. With beefier elements, it fires to temperature with less strain. It is rated to 2150°F, ideal for low-fire ware.

Heavy Duty Throughout

A heavy galvanized steel base covers the reversible brick bottom completely. It folds up under the stainless case on all sides to strengthen the firing chamber. This is one more assurance that your Paragon kiln is built to last.

Easy-Access Patented Switch Box

Hinged at the bottom, the switch box on 8, 10 & 12 sided TnF kilns opens forward for easy maintenance. A folding support arm holds the box in the open position. The Sentry is mounted at the top of the switch box within easy reach. Operate it from a comfortable position.

Patented, Easy-to-Lift Lid

The TnF-28-3 uses deluxe 3” thick firebrick throughout: in the sidewalls, the reversible brick bottom, and the 3” thick lid. The massive lid is easy to lift with Paragon's patented “LiteLid,” which does away with cumbersome pulleys and cords and reduces lid weight to only several pounds of pressure. Most people can lift the lid with one hand. Unlike pulleys and weights, the LiteLid is self-contained on the kiln. No need to drill holes in the ceiling for pulleys. The LiteLid sharply reduces wear between the lid and top rim of firebrick. The truss and floating lid allow expansion of the lid. Ask competitors if their lid spring includes a truss and floating lid.


Sentry Digital Controller

You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.

The controller has powerful features that you will enjoy using. Yet we have also worked hard to make the controller user-friendly.

Do you ever wonder how much electricity your kiln uses? The digital controller can figure this for you with the press of a button. Find out how little a kiln actually costs to fire. Learn to conserve energy by experimenting with firing speed, load density, etc. (See bottom to download and read Sentry 12-key controller manual.)

Plenty of Power
As with our standard TNF top-loading studio kilns, the TNF 283 features the Sentry 12-key digital temperature controller, easy-access switch box, pinless elements, and the LiteLid counter-balance spring system.

Heavy Duty Kiln Stand Included 32" Square x 12" High

A deluxe kiln stand with locking casters is included at no extra charge. Enjoy the convenience of rolling the kiln out of the way when not in use. The stand is rock solid and ships assembled. It fits together with interlocking components for extra strength.

To install an Orton Kiln Vent, merely slide the collection cup into a mounting bracket on top of the stand.

Take advantage of the heat that radiates from the kiln by loading greenware on the shelf under the kiln. Heat from the kiln will dry the ware to prepare it for the next firing. Save time and energy.


Ceramic Kiln Instruction & Service and Sentry Controller Manual

Want to know more about this kiln before you buy? Click here to download the manual and read more on ceramic kilns. Download the manual for the Sentry 2.0 12-Key Controller here to learn more about this controller.

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