Platinum Thermocouples

Type S thermocouple

The best high-temperature thermocouple is type S

  • The very best thermocouple for constant high-fire applications is a Type S platinum thermocouple with an alumina sheath.

  • This is normally only recommended for the most extreme conditions (like firing crystalline glazes) because of its expense - or if the value or precision of your work is such that you do not want to risk thermocouple drift.

  • You can special order a DynaTrol or Genesis with Type S thermocouples. They are not available for the One-Touch™ control.



  • The Type S thermocouples that we provide have a 5/16" OD alumina sheath.

  • They are ungrounded.

  • There are two lengths: 120mm (4.75") and 160mm (6.3")

  • Termination is in a ceramic terminal block.



Technical information

  • Type S thermocouples are composed of a positive leg which is 90% platinum and 10% Rhodium, and a negative leg which is 100% platinum.
  • It is usable from 32°F to 2700°F. (0°C to 1480°C).
  • It has a different EMF output than Type K thermocouples (meaning the same temperature will produce different voltages to the control which must then be interpreted differently).
  • That different scale requires both a simple hardware configuration change and a software change to take effect so it can not be done inadvertently.
  • At temperatures used in pottery kilns (even the highest 2350°F) these thermocouples can last for a very long time (as long as they are not mechanically broken).

Retrofitting a control with Type K Thermocouples

  • This is not a retrofittable option on DynaTrols used before Jan 1, 2006.
  • On the newer 700 DynaTrol boards or Genesis control it is possible to switch from Type K to Type S with a programming change and a jumper change.
  • You MUST also change the thermocouple extension wire from Type K wire to Type S wire.

    Important Note when replacing a control when using a Type S Thermocouple

    • If you have a Type S thermocouple or are retrofitting an older kiln with a Type S thermocouple the control must be configured for use with Type S thermocouples. If not the kiln could seriously overfire and meltdown. See this for more information...
    Name SKU Price
    Type S Upgrade for 1 thermocouples T-G-S001/UG $340.00
    Type S Upgrade for 2 thermocouples T-G-S002/UG $680.00
    Type S Upgrade for 3 thermocouples T-G-S003/UG $1,020.00