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    Electric oven burners

    Like a lot of folks here I save the heating elements out of ovens and sell them separately (or will when I have enough collected). I was wondering about the 4 burners on the top of the stove. What are those made of, and are they worth collecting and selling separately?


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    As far as I know they are the same as the oven element.
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    If I understood correctly that anything that heats with electric is made up of the same material.
    A heating element converts electricity into heat through the process of Joule heating. Electric current through the element encounters resistance, resulting in heating of the element.

    Most heating elements use Nichrome 80/20 (80% nickel, 20% chromium) wire, ribbon, or strip. Nichrome 80/20 is an ideal material, because it has relatively high resistance and forms an adherent layer of chromium oxide when it is heated for the first time. Material beneath this layer will not oxidize, preventing the wire from breaking or burning out.
    Resistance wire: may be wire or ribbon, straight or coiled. Used in common items such as toasters and hair dryers, furnaces for industrial heating, floor heating, roof heating, pathway heating to melt snow, dryers etc. Most common wires are from the following classes

    Kanthal (FeCrAl) wires
    Nichrome 80/20 wire and strip
    Cupronickel (CuNi) alloys for low temperature heating
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    That is what I was wanting to know. I will add them to my stash of elements I have pulled from inside the oven.

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    Don't forget the elements from dryers, furnace, etc.

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    Yes the elements from dryers,heaters and ac units with heat cycle are Nichrome. I get 2.00 per lbs at one yard that I go to. But I don't know about stove burners, I'll have to ask when I go thiere.

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    Let us know what you find out.

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    Also, even the elements from toasters and toaster ovens too!
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    Dont forget space heaters

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    This is about the best thread here on SMF for heating elements & Nichrome. Very informative info here.
    http://www.scrapmetalforum.com/showt...eating+element

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    I have been cutting of the steel ends as I hope to not get paid dirty stainless price...

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    If your getting toasters,hair dryers,toaster ovens and what not it's best to check the elements with a magnet first, if it sticks it's not nichrome. I found some elements from an electric grill that the magnet did not stick to, going to the yard tomarrow and will get them checked out.

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    I checked with the yard I go to most and he said he would take them in as stainless. I can live with that, better than tin.


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