Hot Glass Roadshow Technical Requirements

Hot Glass Roadshow Technical Requirements

There are two unique versions of the Hot Glass Roadshow.  Both set-ups were uniquely conceived of and designed by The Corning Museum of Glass.  Host the world's best mobile glassblowing unit, featuring live, narrated demonstrations that illustrate the ancient art of glassworking.

Interested in seeing us? Check out the Roadshow's schedule.

For more information contact 607.438.5230 or hotglassoutreach@cmog.org.

Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow

Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow

Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow

Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow

Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow

Technical requirements for the Hot Glass Roadshow

The Hot Glass Roadshow is a mobile, 28-foot-long, 35,000-lb., fully equipped, one-of-a-kind glassmaking studio and stage transported by tractor trailer. Visually spectacular, it provides great impact for visitors at the entrance to a museum or in the midst of a large event.

Mobility & Measurements

The Hot Glass Roadshow trailer measures 28 feet in length and can be driven anywhere that an 18-wheeled tractor trailer can go. Other important measurements include the following:

  • Folded down, ready for travel, the height of the trailer is 13 feet 2 inches; the width of the trailer bed is 8 feet 6 inches, although the widest portion of the folded trailer is 8 feet 7½ inches.
  • With the two end doors fully extended, the length of the trailer becomes 46 feet. The maximum width of the trailer unfolded is 21½ feet.
  • The stage height is adjustable from 48 inches to 64 inches above the %%ground%%.
  • The maximum height of the trailer's lighting truss is 18 feet above the tires. When the bed of the trailer is fully raised on the %%jacks%%, the lighting truss is 19 feet 3 inches above the %%ground%%.
  • The trailer weighs 35,000-lbs. The truck weighs 24,500-lbs. fully laden.

Electrical Power Requirements

The Hot Glass Roadshow can use either 208 or 240 volt electrical power (150 amp, single phase service). The furnaces on the trailer can be fired with either natural gas or propane. The glass-melting %%furnace%% takes 2 1/2 days to slowly heat up to 2,100°F and 2½ days to cool down enough to move.

Gas Use

It is also necessary to prepare for the daily gas usage of the Hot Glass Roadshow.

Gas usage for a 24-hour period
Mobile Furnace: 6 hours @ 300,000 BTUs
  18 hours @ 120,000
Medium Gloryhole: 9 hours @ 300,000
Pipe Warmer: 8 hours @ 55,000

Note: When the mobile %%furnace%% is %%firing%% at 300,000 BTUs, the other pieces of equipment are almost always off. Typically a 5-lb., 1-inch natural gas line is used or a single 500-lb. LP %%tank%%.

Security

The Hot Glass Roadshow must have 24-hour-a-day onsite security.

Technical requirements for the UltraLight Hotshop

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The UltraLight Hotshop is a modular group of highly portable units that can be arranged to meet the needs of individual venues or events. The set-up requires minimal utility support and can include a %%flameworking%% unit.

The layout of the UltraLight Hotshop is flexible, and can be configured to fit the space and glassmaking needs of individual venues.

The UltraLight Hotshop set-up can be composed of all or part of the following modular units:

Three 50-lb. electric glass-melting units
Dimensions: 32 inches wide x 26 inches deep x 21 inches high
Power source: 208 – 240 volt, 24 amp, single phase plug

One 75-lb. propane glass-melting unit with heat recuperation
Dimensions: 60 inches wide x 60 inches deep x 60 inches tall
Power source: One 100-lb. propane %%tank%%

Two 13-inch %%glory holes%%
Dimensions: 34 inches wide x 47 inches deep x 56 inches tall
Power source: Each uses two 20-lb. gas grill-sized propane %%tanks%% and plug into 100 volt, 5 amp, single phase plug

Two annealers
Dimensions: 40 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 48 inches tall
Power source: 110 volt, 17 amp, single phase plug

Propane %%garage%%
Dimensions: 40 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 60 inches tall
Power source: One 20-lb. propane %%tank%%

Portable propane pipe warmer
Capacity: 8 medium %%blowpipes%% or %%punties%%
Power source: One 20-lb. propane %%tank%%

%%Fusing%%/pick-up oven

Dimensions: 40 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 48 inches tall
Power source: One 20-lb. propane %%tank%%

%%Marver%%
Dimensions: 20 inches deep x 34 inches wide

Two glassworking %%benches%%

Two complete sets of glassmaking %%tools%%
All units are on wheels for easy portability.

Security
The Roadshow must have 24-hour-a-day onsite security.