Open Coil Heating Elements for Duct Heaters, Ovens & Industry

Open Coil Heating Elements-Duct Heaters & Ovens Open Coil Heaters-With Ceramic Insulators


Open Air Coil Heating Elements for Duct Heaters & Ovens:

Open coil heating elements are coiled resistance wire fixed onto a supporting steel or aluminum frame with ceramic insulators. The selection of the correct wire gauge, wire type and coil diameter requires quite some experience. There are standard elements available on the market, but quite often they need to be custom built. Open coil air heaters work best below air velocities of 80 FPM. Higher air velocities could cause the coils to touch each other and short out. For higher velocities, select a tubular air heater or finned tubular heaters.

General Applications:

The big advantage of open coil heating elements is the very quick response time. Most of these elements need a constant airflow over the resistance wire, but if the watt densities are low enough they may not burn out in still air.Nichrome resistance wire open coil elements are used extensively in convection heating applications,R&D and as replacement coils in duct heaters, portable heaters and air process heaters, as well as in some infrared applications such as vacuum forming /thermoforming.Before we can build a heater, we need to know at least the airflow (CFM), Delta T ( i.e. change in temperature),volts and watts.


  • High Quality grades of NiCr resistance wire (80-20) & (65-35)
  • Resistive wire gauges from 6 Gauge wire up to 38 Gauge available
  • Coil diameters from .250 inch dia up to 0.875 inch dia
  • Arrow Ceramic/steatite clips (insulators) or rounded ceramic clips available
  • Termination options include screw type or other alternatives
  • Custom stretch ratios available

Features & Benefits:

Quick heat up time & easily replaceable
Outside diameters: 1 7/8’’ and 2 ¾’’
Lengths: 60-320’’ (5-26 ft)
Single element ratings: 4-20 kW
Pipe Surface: 3-12 W/In2
Voltages: 240, 480 and 600V, 3 PHASE
Used in horizontal 2’’ or 3’’ schedule 40 NPS pipe
Equipped with high density electrical ceramic insulating supports
Can be bent in a vertical plane on at least 12’’ radius
Heavy gauge bus bars
Heavy gauge resistance wire
Special ratings and lengths available upon request






UL Registered Firm World Wide Shipping CSA US

Inquiries & Technical Support

Telephone: 905-859-8225 Facsimile: 905-859-4691

[email protected]

Toll Free: 1-877-674-9744