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Old 12-03-2003, 04:19 PM
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Originally posted by steve stadelman
The whole secret to these melters is low wattage on the elements and solid state controls. Use S.C.R.s or S.S.R.s to power them and keep cullet or batch especially off of the elements.

My 80lb wire job has over 14 months on one set of elements. I have used only cullet and not gone over 2150f because I hate rebuilds. I am using a current limiting S.C.R. and preheat my cullet so it doesn't pop much.
This type of information really inspires me. I know we talked on the phone about me trying to go moly, but damn, if I can get decent life out of wire elements at 2200 F with batch, I'm happy. Not to mention, I would not have the thing running all day, every day. So I think this is a great starting point. I can go moly when my chandeliers are hanging over the canals of Venice ... err ... the muddy creek up the road. Hehe.
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