Kanthal A1 Wire 26 AWG RW0159 - 100 Ft 0.98 oz Series A-1 Resistance

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Kanthal A-1 round resistance wire.
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AlloyKanthal A1
Wire Gauge (AWG)26
Average Wire Diameter (in)0.0159
Average Wire Diameter (mm)0.40386
Amount of Wire100 ft
Feet Per Pound1626
Wire ShapeRound
Heat TreatmentAnnealed (soft)
Resistance (ohms/ft @ 68° F)3.31
Melting Temperature1500°C (2732°F)
Maximum Operating Temperature1400°C (2550°F)
Density0.256 lbs/cubic inch
Specific Heat Capacity (at 68°F)0.11 Btu/lb °F
Weight (lb)0.06
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Kanthal A-1 is a ferritic iron-chromium-aluminium alloy (FeCrAl alloy) rated for use at temperatures up to 1400°C (2550°F). The alloy has high resistivity and great oxidation resistance. It is typically used in furnace applications, such as electrical heating elements in high-temperature furnaces for heat treatment, glass, steel, ceramics, and electronics industries.


  • Computerized spooling by weight.
  • Clean production environment houses spooling process.
  • Proudly Made in the U.S.A. ZERO wire imports policy.
  • Perfectly tensioned. Zero elongation, scratches, or other flaws.
  • ZERO contaminants. Hands-off feeding eliminates skin salts & oils.

Which resistance wire is right for you?

Specification Nichrome 60 Nichrome 80 Kanthal A-1
Maximum Operating
1150°C (2100°F) 1180°C (2150°F) 1400°C (2550°F)
Tubular heating elements
as suspended coils
Furnace applications
  • Higher hot and
    creep strength
  • Better ductility
    after use
  • Higher emissivity
  • Non-magnetic
  • Better wet corrosion
  • Higher max temperature
    in air
  • Higher surface load
  • Higher resistivity
  • Higher yield strength
  • 2-4x longer life than
  • Better oxidation properties
  • Lower density
  • Better resistance to sulfur


The more wire you have, the greater the resistance. The following factors affect resistance.

Diameter: The thinner the wire (higher gauge number), the higher the resistance per foot. The thicker the wire (lower gauge number), the lower the resistance.

Length: The longer the wire, the higher the overall resistance. The shorter the wire, the lower the overall resistance.

Temperature: The more heat the wire generates, the more resistance it will create.

Current: Determine the current (amperage) you need to heat your wire.

Gauge (AWG) Wire Diameter Resistance (Ohms / ft at 68°F) Feet Per Lb.
Inch mm
16 0.0508 1.29032 0.324 159
18 0.0403 1.02362 0.515 253
20 0.032 0.8128 0.817 401
22 0.0253 0.64262 1.31 641
24 0.0201 0.51054 2.07 1018
26 0.0159 0.40386 3.31 1626
27 0.0142 0.36068 4.15 2040
28 0.0126 0.32004 5.27 2609
29 0.0113 0.28702 6.55 3226
30 0.01 0.254 8.36 4142
31 0.0089 0.22606 10.6 5181
32 0.008 0.2032 13.1 6473
33 0.0071 0.18034 16.6 8217
34 0.0063 0.16002 21.1 10437
36 0.005 0.127 33.4 16447
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