If you just pour melted silver into place you are quite likely
to burn your shop down
Good point. The original ceramic plug not only held the wires
together, it kept them from touching the holder. A plug of silver
would not insulate at all.
The original joints are made too thin specially to make them
fail early. They are out to sell as many elements as they can.
Planned obsolescence! Now that you mention it, my mom has an
old-style hotplate with a coil of wire in a ceramic base, and it's
seen a lot more use than my kiln. Guess it was made to last.
The replacement element should arrive next week. Do you think it
would be worth replacing the cords on the new element, as preventive
The heating element wire has a high chromium content and the
chromium oxide will not dissolve in the fluxes you are using.
I'll have to use crimp-on connectors instead. Thank you Jim, Mike,
and Allan for the and advice!