# Melting lithium carbonate [closed]

I need to melt lithium carbonate and hold it between its melting point and 750 °C. Based on research so far, I think making an electrical DC-powered heater with a nichrome heating element would be best.

I have rough numbers from the link below on how much current is required depending on wire gauge etc:

• No, you are not supposed to immerse heating element, it shouldn't get in contact with the molten salt at all: this is plain dangerous! $\ce{Li2CO3}$ melts at 723 °C, and your target temperature is 750 °C leaving a window of about 25 °C. This can only be maintained if the temperature control is responsive and heat insulation is stable over time. TL; DR: you need a vertical muffle furnace for electrolysis of molten salts. – andselisk Feb 10 at 15:22