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Old 09-12-2009, 01:52 PM
Brent Hickenbotham Brent Hickenbotham is offline
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Originally Posted by Doug Harroun View Post
At first I considered electric elements. Being electrically inclined the wiring and power is a non-issue for me. SiC was out of the question. I know a few people using them and the replacement cost of shot elements would run higher than the cost of gas. Moly elements look better, but the _VERY_ high initial investment was the factor that pushed me back towards gas.

Also, unless you live near a wind farm or hydro plant you power is most likely coal/gas/oil based anyways, why deal with a loss in conversion?

Right now I pay about $0.015-$0.02 per kWh for gas. For electricity it's $0.1085 per kWh.

So I'm still pretty sure I'm building a gas furnace.

...unless someone knows a source for moly elements for less than $100 each.

You can Idle an electric furnace lower than a gas furnace, speaking in consumption terms.

How did you come up with the conversion of KWh for gas costs?

After shipping and customs clearance, even buying in large bulk from China, molys are still more than $100. But they last a long time if taken care of.
SiC can last a good time as well in the right settings.
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