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Paragon Kiln BlueBird XL : Annealing

Paragon Kiln BlueBird XL : Annealing
Paragon Kiln BlueBird XL : Annealing

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Paragon Kiln BlueBird XL : Annealing Kiln
List Price: $1,181.93
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Product Code: PABBXL

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Paragon Kilns : BlueBird XL Glass Bead Annealing

The new Paragon BlueBird XL doors include a thick flexible gasket.


We’ve added these improvements to the BlueBird XL bead kiln . . . without raising the price:
New ceramic fiber vacuum-formed top with "wavy" elements that will last longer than the previous elements
Doors are 2" thick ceramic fiber (twice as thick as the previous doors).
New flexible door gaskets
New continuous "piano" hinges
Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open or closed.
Mandrel holders are held with magnets instead of screws.
New stainless steel control panel

The new Paragon BlueBird XL sinusoidal “wavy” elements are embedded in a high-tech, vacuum-formed ceramic fiber top. This is an improvement over our earlier coiled elements, which were sandwiched between two layers of ceramic fiber board. Because they are flat, the “wavy” elements are mounted closer to the ceramic fiber surface. This enables the elements to radiate heat faster for longer element life.

Both doors are now 3 1/2” x 10” and mounted in a 4 1/4” high opening. The 3/4” 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.

This glass bead annealing 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 duty.

The Paragon BlueBird XL is a dream kiln for the glass bead annealing enthusiast. This 20” wide, 9” deep kiln safely anneals glass to prevent breakage during cooling. With your own Paragon annealing kiln, you will never again worry about glass breakage.

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 instead of one.
The Paragon BlueBird XL has a user-friendly 3-key Sentry Xpress digital controller. It maintains the annealing temperature that you program for the length of time desired. The controller is packed with features but is so easy to use that your child could program it.

Firebrick Walls and Floor, Ceramic Fiber Roof

The Paragon BlueBird XL has durable insulating firebricks in the walls and floor. The element is mounted in the roof and embedded between two layers of ceramic fiber board. This reduces dust inside the kiln.
(Note: The BlueBird XL is fired at the Paragon factory before the outside metal is painted. This is to harden the liquid rigidizer on the ceramic fiber insulation. This may leave black or brown marks on the insulation. These marks are normal.)

Customize the Doors

The Paragon BlueBird XL now comes with two types of doors: a 10” x 4” short door and a 10” x 4 1/4” tall door.

The 10” x 4” short door has a 1/2” gap under the door and includes a double mandrel holder. Place bead rods on the mandrel holder, which cradles the rods at two points. Because of the gap, the door remains closed even with bead mandrels in the kiln. Adjust the height of the mandrel holder by loosening screws underneath.
The bottom of the 10” x 4 1/4” tall door, in the closed position, is flush against the kiln floor. An adjustable bead mandrel holder supports the bead mandrels at a single point.
The standard Paragon BlueBird XL comes with a short door on the left and tall door on the right. However, you can order your kiln with two short doors or two tall doors. The doors are interchangeable, so you can reverse the doors of a standard BlueBird XL later. As you can see, this is a versatile kiln.
Door Latches Keep Doors Closed; Magnets Hold Doors Open
Side latches hold the doors closed while the kiln is heating to annealing temperature. Phenolic knobs on the door handles stay cool to the touch. Rare-earth magnets hold the doors open when needed. A safety switch on the front panel turns off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use.
We have added a stainless steel glass rod warmer on top of the glass bead annealing kiln. Pre-heating glass rods saves production time.

Heavy-Duty Construction

The steel base supports the glass bead annealing 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.
To save table space, the Sentry Xpress digital controller is mounted under the kiln in an ergonomic sloped panel for easy operation. 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 glass bead annealing kiln 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 Paragon BlueBird XL

  • 3-key digital Sentry Xpress controller
  • 1 each 4” high short door and 4 1/4” high tall door for the ultimate in versatility
  • Door latches to hold the doors closed while fusing glass
  • 9” deep firing chamber (measured with doors closed)
  • Firebrick roof, walls, and floor
  • 1”-thick ceramic fiber doors
  • Mandrel holders with 20 slots
  • 1500°F maximum temperature
  • Pinless element grooves in the roof
  • Coated firebricks in roof
  • Mar-proof plastic feet
  • On-off safety switch

The Sentry Xpress 3-key controller is packed with features. It includes two modes: Single Speed and 8-segment Ramp-Hold. The solid state controller continually monitors the firing so you can spend your time productively without closely watching the kiln. The sealed controller touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
The controller is easy to use. Read the manual and watch the instructional videos on our website. The kiln includes a Quick Start programming guide and a 16-page controller instruction manual, printed in color.
You will be amazed at the convenience of digital firing. The reliable solid-state Sentry Xpress controller continually monitors the firing so you do not need to closely watch the kiln. (Please remember, however, to check the kiln occasionally during firing and to monitor it near the expected shutoff time.) You can try out a demonstration of the controller on your computer by clicking here.
Features of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller on Paragon Fusion Kilns
  • Program up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Fire to a single temperature at a single speed in Single Speed mode.
  • Store up to 4 programs in Ramp-Hold mode.
  • Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold without having to stop the kiln to reprogram. (For instance, you want to skip to the annealing segment.)
  • Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firing without stopping the kiln to reprogram.
  • Hold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold.
  • Add Hold Time during firing without having to stop the firing to reprogram.
  • Easily control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold.
  • Program Review lets you check the program you are about to fire.
  • Program the Temperature Alarm to sound when the kiln reaches a specific temperature. Program an alarm that will remind you to check on the kiln.
  • Temperature display throughout firing and cooling in your choice of °F or °C
  • Thermocouple Offset adjusts the thermocouple readout.
  • Set the Delay to turn on the kiln at a time that best suits your busy schedule.
  • Error Messages report mechanical problems.
  • The sealed touch pad keeps out dust and is easy to wipe clean.
  • LED Lights show whether you are in program, review, or firing mode.
  • Colorful, illustrated instruction manual.


Max. Temperature










Breaker Size


Circuit Copper Wire Size

12 gauge

TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499




Control Type

Sentry Xpress 4.0 Digital 3-Key





Disclaimer: The specifications above assume that the kiln will be plugged into a dedicated circuit. Local electric codes supersede our recommendations.

Kiln Type

Front Loading Square



Understanding Chamber Measurements

Chamber Volume

0.47 CU.FT.
13.31 litres

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

25.50W x 19.00D x 16.00H Inches
648W x 483D x 406H mm

Ship Size

32.00W x 24.00D x 23.00H Inches
813W x 610D x 584H mm

Ship Weight

86.00 Lbs.
39.01 Kg.

Ship Method & Notations

This Kiln Ships Via UPS

This kiln is subject to a UPS oversize box charge.

Part Number

9A211J1B00 * Base Model

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