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Old 12-04-2003, 01:07 PM
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Originally posted by David Paterson
For a similer construction and operating cost, you could run two wire furnaces for the price of one moly furnace. I am not sure at that point that there is any advantage to moly at all. In fact the reverse would seem to be true.
According to the temperature ranges Pete listed in the Building Shop Stuff thread (http://talk.craftweb.com/showthread....&threadid=2065) about melting SP batch, a good melt is 2250, which is about 86.5% of the Kanthal A1's operating maximum. He also cites approx. 2350 to finish the reaction, which is about 88% of the 2552 F max for A1.

And with all the good information here about SCR, SSR, etc., I don't see any reason for a beginner such as myself to go beyond this type of setup. I think this is the most bang for the buck at this point. At the same time, I do see the value in the molybdenum technology, particularly for large melters, or situations for lots of color pots. The setup at http://www.mountainglassworks.com/Studio.html is nice.
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