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Stainless Steel In Kiln?

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One thing is for certain people want to use metal at high temps.

We  know it spalls -flakes and expandes and melts sooner or later.

Not all metals are equal in this but they all will not be happy

kanthal or nichrome rods made for this are your best options

I also know folks do not want to accept this-thats ok-I have always wanted to drive my car into space but its hard to get the velocity and friends say its not practical .

Since I was asked to expand the thoughts on this I will say forget about us telling you to not do it but try it and let us know whats happens.

We want you to succeed  but know of some failures -that about wraps it up for this 5 year thead on metal in kilns.

 

Edited by Mark C.

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I use a stainless steam table pan to sinter metal clay, at 1720F the pan spalls and leaves a mess to vacuum up each time. Once I ordered 12 ga 'kanthal' on Amazon from China, it looked funny but I used it anyways. The rods spalled and the beads were magnetic  :0

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17 hours ago, NancyAmores said:

I use a stainless steam table pan to sinter metal clay, at 1720F the pan spalls and leaves a mess to vacuum up each time. Once I ordered 12 ga 'kanthal' on Amazon from China, it looked funny but I used it anyways. The rods spalled and the beads were magnetic  :0

Wait are you saying atht at 1720F (low temps for sure) that stainless steel is breaking down and spalling and making a mess-thats not even low fire 1800 degrees yet. How about that. would would have guessed.??

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Depends on the kind, or "series"...

Google say stainless melts ~2550-2880F; 400 series at the higher end, which, btw, are magnetic. The working temps, naturally, are well below the melting temps...

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