Glass melting is a process that involves high levels of heat and a specifically designed furnace. Glass melting temperatures vary depending on type of glass and process used to achieve desired product.
There are two primary types of glass used in melting processes: soda-lime and borosilicate. Soda-lime glass is most common and is used to make items such as plates, drinking glasses and jars. Borosilicate glass is a newer type of glass and is most commonly used for laboratory containers and cookware.
Soda-lime glass is most commonly used for glass melting and requires temperatures between 1250°F and 1350°F (677°C - 732°C). The melting point of soda-lime glass is higher than most other materials, so it is important to maintain temperature within this range in order to ensure that glass does not become overworked or damaged.
Borosilicate glass is a more complex type of glass and requires higher temperatures for melting. The melting point for borosilicate glass ranges from 1550°F to 1650°F (843°C - 899°C). This type of glass has a higher melting point due to its greater levels of silica and boron content.
When selecting a furnace for melting glass, it is important to keep in mind type of glass being melted, as well as required temperature. While most furnaces are capable of achieving desired temperatures, some models are specifically designed for either soda-lime or borosilicate glass.
When melting glass, it is important to maintain temperature within desired range for specific glass being melted. Temperatures above desired range can cause glass to overheat, leading to breaks and other damage. If temperature drops too low, glass will not melt properly and could result in poor quality products.
For anyone looking to melt glass, it is important to be aware of specific temperatures required for type of glass being melted. While soda-lime glass typically melts at temperatures between 1250°F and 1350°F (677°C and 732°C), borosilicate glass requires temperatures between 1550°F and 1650°F (843°C and 899°C). Keeping temperatures within a desired range is essential for ensuring a successful melting process, as well as avoiding potential damage to glass.