CS-26 Clamshell Large Capacity Glass Kiln

by Paragon Industries, Inc.

Uses: Glass Fusing Glass Painting Glass Slumping


Paragon’s square CS-26 digital glass clamshell kiln is easy to load, because the top and walls lift out of the way, giving you full access to the kiln bottom. Assemble glass projects directly onto a shelf inside the kiln. Add stringers and glass frit to delicate designs. Since you can assemble pieces without having to move them before firing, you can often do away with glue. After the kiln shelf is loaded and you are ready to fire, lower the kiln top.

  • Optional Furniture Kit - The optional Furniture Kit contains:
  • 1 - C-24GL Shelf (24” square x 1”)

    4 – 1/2” long, 1” wide Square Posts

    1 lb. Bag Glass Separator


    Optional Lid Safety Switch

    The optional lid safety switch turns off power to the heating elements when the lid is raised. The controller remains powered. The switch turns the power to the elements back on when the lid is closed. The switch mounts to the back of the lid. IMPORTANT: The lid safety switch is required in some areas such as Canada and Europe.

    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.

  • The Top is Easy to Lift

    Heavy-duty air pistons lighten the top. The comfortable lid handle stays cool and extends across the width of the kiln for convenient opening. A woven rope seal mounted on all four sides of the top acts as a gasket and cushions the top. The mating surfaces between the kiln top and bottom are hardened and sealed with a special refractory coating.

    The top of the kiln is protected with a sleek outer black sheet metal cover. The element connectors in the lid stay cool because of ventilation slots and a 3” air gap between the outer cover and a secondary inner steel cover. As you can see, we have gone all out in the sturdy construction of the CS-26.

    Quartz Tubes Help Eliminate Dust

    The lid elements are protected in six quartz tubes for a cleaner kiln interior. There is less dust in the kiln, because there are no element grooves in the firebrick top, which is one continuous, smooth surface. The quartz tubes protect the elements from contamination with foreign materials that could shorten the element life. The tubes absorb very little heat, allowing the elements to heat the firing chamber efficiently. Quartz tubes also protect the user from contact with the elements.

    Elements in the Top and Sides for Superior Heat Distribution

    For unsurpassed heat distribution, the CS-26 includes not only quartz-tube-enclosed elements in the top but also three rows of sidewall elements. The sidewall element coils are protected in dropped, recessed grooves for long life.

    Mercury Relay for Your Peace of Mind  (Solid State Relays in California)

    The CS-26 has features not found on many competitive kilns. For instance, a mercury relay is standard on this kiln. The relay sends power to the heating elements on command from the digital controller. The industrial-grade mercury relay in the CS-26 far outlasts mechanical relays. The life of the quiet, reliable mercury relay has been measured in millions of on/off cycles. The mercury relay is the longest-lasting relay we sell.

    Easy Maintenance Control Panel

    The sleek CS-26 is designed for easy maintenance. You can quickly remove the sloped front control panel for easy access to the electrical components. They are thoughtfully laid out for quick maintenance inside a large working area. The ventilation slots keep the control panel cool. The control panel includes an on/off switch and a pilot light. For your convenience, flip the switch to turn off power to the controller.

  • Optional 32"x32"x18" or 32"x32"x31" Heavy Duty Rolling Table

  • Rock solid construction.  Extremely heavy with locking casters.  Requires assembly.

  • Reliability at the Heart of the Kiln

    The CS-26 has a two-year warranty.  A heavy steel base supports the reversible brick bottom completely. The base comes with mar-proof rubber feet. The walls and bottom are made from hand-selected insulating firebricks. These features are extra assurance that your Paragon kiln is built to last.

    Costly heavy-gauge nickel-plated copper wiring is covered with high temperature glass-braided insulation.  The CS-26 now comes standard with the Genesis Sentinel Touch Screen Controller.

  • Specifications

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    TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499








    Nema Details

    Kiln Type

    Top Loading Square



    Understanding Chamber Measurements

    Chamber Volume

    5.18 CU.FT.
    146.68 litres

    Chamber Length

    26.00 IN
    660 mm

    Chamber Width

    26.00 IN
    660 mm

    Chamber Depth

    13.25 IN
    337 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

    36.25W x 42.00D x 27.75H Inches
    921W x 1067D x 705H mm

    Ship Size

    43.00W x 47.00D x 36.00H Inches
    1092W x 1194D x 914H mm

    Ship Weight

    523.00 Lbs.
    237.23 Kg.

    Doorway Clearance Needed

    36.25 Inches
    920.75 mm

    Ship Method & Notations

    This Kiln Ships Via Truck

    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.

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