Remember that if you buy a kiln with a window, or even a peephole,
there will be some heat loss through that.
I support your interest in the Paragon kiln. Admittedly, I've only
used Paragon, but they make good kilns that hold up and you can get
I got my Paragon SC-2 in 1999 and it gets very hard use. I travel
with it to all my classes, and I don't box it up or baby it when I
travel. And it gets run a lot in workshops at fast ramp speeds.
It's holding up really well. I've burned off some paint...but
everything else works perfectly.
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay