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Old 2016-10-02, 6:33pm
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Default Hotplate as a Rod Warmer

Another newbie question... I have some thick rods that I think would be best to pre-heat and wanted to know if anyone has used an electric hotplate to warm their rods. Pros?? Cons?? How??? I tried to look through and search the existing threads but didn't see anything about using a hotplate.
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Old 2016-10-02, 9:32pm
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Hi Tara, I have never tried it, but I think I have read that others use one.
I did find a couple of threads, here's one for you:
http://lampworketc.com/forums/showth...otplate+warmer
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Old 2016-10-02, 10:15pm
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I use a piece of graphite on top of my round hot plate, Works great. Here is the photo of it set up from my horse trailer thread.

Post number 56, lots of pics in that thread. Hubby made the extra tall rod rest out of a brass door stop plate from Home Depot. He is so clever.
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Old 2016-10-02, 11:40pm
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I have also read that people have used waffle irons. I thought curling iron heaters were the most popular.
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Old 2016-10-03, 5:15pm
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I have like Lorraine, but my glass goes directly on the hot plate and my rod holder is on a garden saucer upside down to make it higher
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Old 2016-10-03, 5:44pm
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Remember the Old trays for keeping appetizer!s warm, they are electric, probably during the 80's . You can find them at the salvation army etc. I use one of those.
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Old 2016-10-03, 6:56pm
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Remember the Old trays for keeping appetizer!s warm, they are electric, probably during the 80's . You can find them at the salvation army etc. I use one of those.
Me too. I got some for $1 each.
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Old 2016-10-03, 7:03pm
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I often slip the ends of glass rods into my bead kiln to warm them up prior to introducing them to the flame.
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Old 2016-10-04, 6:49am
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I have used an old crock pot with annealing beads. It works quite will and you can use it for keeping beads warm if you batch anneal.
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Old 2016-10-06, 7:20pm
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Not sure if you are using soft or Borro that you are preheating but considering the kiln temperature is around 960 for soft and 1050 for Borro I don't think a hot plate or crockpot will got the rods hot enough to preheat effectively. Most kilns have bead doors that you can preheat with. There are also rod warmers that look like curling iron warmers but get much hotter. Also remember when using a crockpot to anneal beads they go in hot and the warm insulation slows the rate they cool.
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