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Old 12-04-2003, 12:38 PM
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i have a wire melter, although i melt cullet and not batch. i installed a spare element, that is normally not energized. when an element burns out, i use a volt ohm meter to determine the bad element, and then use the spare element to keep the furnace up until the crucible is empty, then i shut down for service. yes the spare element does age because it is hot, but it does not age anywhere near as fast as a powered element does. this way, i have a way to deal with a burnt element, and save the crucible and the blowing time.
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