I just went through that whole process myself, too. I actually got it
just the other day (just 11 days after ordering), and fired it up for
the first time yesterday! I ended up with the Paragon SC-2, with bead
door. I considered the peep window, too, but then it would have taken
a couple more weeks to get (you know, once you order it, you don't
want to wait!), and I can always peek through the bead door. Plus,
the window can't go above 1700 degrees, and I didn't want to limit
myself when the kiln can go up to 2000. I also considered the SC-3
(the inside is a couple inches taller), but decided I wanted to spend
the extra ~$120 on supplies. I'm still trying to determime the best
glass fusing & fire polishing temp, as every kiln differs, but I
fired a couple PMC pieces this morning & it worked just great on the
first try! I found the best price on the kiln at www.mudinmind.com.
Very helpful & friendly there, too. Usual disclaimers- no
affiliation, just a satisfied customer. Good luck!
Designs by Lisa Gallagher