In terms of structure, graphite crucibles may be barrel, cylinder or conical shaped, wide-form with a shallow, low profile, or high-form, with high, tapered walls. Crucibles are made of metals like copper, platinum, quartz or porcelain, but graphite is a cost saving alternative to these more expensive materials. Graphite is a chemically inert, temperature resistant mineral that fares well in ovens and furnaces. It resists thermal shock, oxidation and abrasions well, and won’t melt, burn or chemically change in extreme conditions.
Graphite crucibles is able to maintain its structure and form even at temperatures as high as 5000°F and so can be used in furnaces and high heat processes. Graphite crucibles have many applications within the foundry, laboratory testing, jewelry making, plumbing fixtures, valves, sprinklers, and other heavy-duty products. They are further used in chemical analysis, to store materials and samples during fusion and mixing processes, in ash content determination, to melt precious metals, and in foundries to melt many different metals.