Igniters and flame detectors

Igniters are required for ignition of fuel gas or vapor streams to operate industrial equipment, water heaters, clothes dryers, cooking stoves, etc.

Kanthal® wire provides the spark for ignition while operating at high temperature within the flame stream providing reliability and long life. Kanthal® wire is also used in flame detection, checking for the presence of a flame to provide control and safe operation.

Recommended alloys

Kanthal®
FeCrAl alloys

Max. continuous operating temp.
ºC (ºF)
Resistivity at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ω mm2/m (Ω/cmf)
Kanthal® APM (wire) 1425 (2600) 1.45 (872)
Kanthal® A-1 (wire) 1400 (2550) 1.45 (872)
Kanthal® AF (wire) 1300 (2370) 1.39 (836)
Kanthal® D (wire) 1300 (2370) 1.35 (812)
Kanthal® D (ribbon) 1300 (2370) 1.35 (812)
Kanthal®
NiCr alloys
Max. continuous operating temp.
ºC (ºF)
Resistivity at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ω mm2/m (Ω/cmf)
Nikrothal® 80 (wire) 1200 (2190) 1.09 (656)
Nikrothal® 80 (ribbon) 1200 (2190) 1.09 (656)
NRX 600 (wire) 1150 (2100) 1.00 (602)
Nikrothal® 60 (wire) 1150 (2100) 1.11 (668)
Nikrothal® 70 (wire) 1250 (2280) 1.18 (704)