Choosing the Best Refractory Material for an Aluminum Furnace

5 November 2014,
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For our aluminum customers and prospects (primary, secondary, smelters) we’re frequently asked a new, but old, question, “What is the best refractory material for an aluminum furnace?” With over 68 years of experience, we’ve worked with all of the prominent manufacturers for aluminum resistant materials, not to mention the first-hand knowledge of how these products perform “in the field” which…Read More ›


Buying Refractories the Smart Way

5 November 2014,
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What’s the most cost-effective method for buying refractory materials for most OEM and end user customers? Buying refractory products direct from the manufacturer Buying refractory products from a distributor Full disclosure: F.S. Sperry is a refractory distributor in addition to being a refractory contractor. Many of our OEM and end user customers buy refractory materials from us without needing any…Read More ›


5 Tips to Reduce the Total Cost of Your Refractory Installation

27 October 2014,
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If you’re planning the construction of a new industrial facility or maintenance for your existing heat processing equipment, you’re juggling a lot of variables. One of those, which may be near the bottom of your Gantt chart, deserves a deeper look: Your refractory selection and installation Why? On the surface, refractory products don’t seem very complex; they’re just products that…Read More ›


The Refractory Failed … Or Did It?

9 September 2014,
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Sometimes a refractory fails. From our perspective (as installers) the most important question is: “What caused the refractory to prematurely fail?” A majority of the time, the cause is not immediately known. An investigation is required. And even then a “conclusive” reason may never be found. But here is what our experience has shown us. It Usually Isn’t Simple When…Read More ›


A Primer on the Basic Physical Properties of a Refractory Product

29 August 2014,
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A refractory’s physical properties are listed on its data sheet and provide an indication of how the refractory should perform under different operating conditions. While technical data sheets should never be considered as the only basis for selecting refractory, the refractory’s physical makeup is an important element to consider. Let’s take a look at the properties: 1. Bulk Density The…Read More ›