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New furnace

April 26, 2017

Since coming back from the January trade shows, we've spent the last three months converting the farm sheds on the Ballintoy property into studio buildings, including our new hot shop. The new melting furnace is a gas-fired free-standing crucible furnace holding 50 kgs. of clear glass. Heavily insulated with layers of low-iron castable refractory, ceramic fiber and microporous insulation, the furnace also features a heat exchanger that reclaims heat from the flue and uses it to pre-heat the combustion air, for an energy savings of roughly 30%.

 

 

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