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Old 03-07-2021, 05:56 PM
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Platinium Rhodium thermocouples

I am curious, the platinum extraction business is for the most part in South Africa which has mined more than enough platinum to keep the world going for quite a while. They stopped.

The downside of this is the rhodium, which is a by product of mining platinum.

The current price for Rhodium is that one troy ounce is about the same in price as is a Toyota Prius, not insubstantial.

I'm not well versed in the cost for a type R thermocouple and I don't think our industry needs more than a type "S" but there you go. Is it that a 13% R thermocouple is 13 % rhodium? I'm not clear but I'd rather have an old bugatti near as I can see.

Does anyone have info on the price changes going on in this irritating industry?
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Seems the price has a bit more than doubled since the last one I bought, which was quite a while ago:

https://www.tcdirect.com/deptprod.asp?deptid=190/78
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jeez, 1185 for a .06 diameter wire 12 inches... Time marches on.

That's down at human hair size.
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If you want rhodium in Seattle, you need to order from the catalytic converter thieves.
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If you want rhodium in Seattle, you need to order from the catalytic converter thieves.
Yep, its bad. A nursing home lost 7 from all of their vans. We changed where our folks park because of it.
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