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repairing mullite rods

Postby Cheryl » Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:23 pm

I hate paying $45 for a replacement mullite rod - the ones that suspend my kiln elements. Does anyone have any thoughts about repairing them? They're hollow (and so even more doggone fragile). Thanks!
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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Kevin Midgley » Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:11 pm

borosilicate rod in the hollow tube?

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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Mark Hall » Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:31 pm

I don't know if this will help, but you can use hollow quartz glass rods instead, placing the coil inside the rod. It's cheaper and more efficient.

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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Marty » Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:40 pm

That usually means replacing the entire system. You can try heating the bent parts of the elements with a torch to straighten them out and then insert them into the quartz tubing but I'd start by spending the $45 (or find another supplier).

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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Bert Weiss » Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:57 pm

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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Mark Hall » Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:10 pm

Great link Bert. This company is the ticket for all your kiln needs - I really like their very affordable stock coils for our home-made kilns!

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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Marty » Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:55 pm

Mark- I've used them for 2 large homemade ones. Great people to deal with.

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Re: repairing mullite rods

Postby Bert Weiss » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:42 am

Mark Hall wrote:Great link Bert. This company is the ticket for all your kiln needs - I really like their very affordable stock coils for our home-made kilns!
They can make any element for any kiln, on a custom basis. I heartily endorse them.
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