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1. (WO2018226535) METHODS FOR RECONDITIONING GLASS MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS
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What is claimed is:

1. A method for reconditioning a glass manufacturing system comprising:

establishing a reducing atmosphere in a glass melting vessel, and

draining a glass melt composition from the glass melting vessel while the reducing atmosphere is in the glass melting vessel;

wherein a pressure of the reducing atmosphere in the glass melting vessel is greater than a pressure of an atmosphere surrounding the glass melting vessel; and wherein the establishing the reducing atmosphere in the glass melting vessel

comprises operating at least one combustion burner in the glass melting vessel in a fuel-rich condition.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the glass melting vessel is in fluid

communication with a downstream glass manufacturing apparatus comprising a fining vessel, wherein, during the step of draining the glass melt composition from the glass melting vessel, a pressure of an atmosphere in the fining vessel is greater than the pressure of the reducing atmosphere in the glass melting vessel.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the atmosphere in the fining vessel comprises from about 0.1 to about 1.0 percent oxygen by volume.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the method comprises feeding a gas

comprising less than about 1.0 percent oxygen by volume into the fining vessel.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the gas comprising less than about 1.0 percent oxygen by volume comprises at least about 99% nitrogen by volume.

6. The method of claim 2, wherein the fining vessel comprises platinum or an alloy thereof.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the fining vessel comprises a platinum- rhodium alloy.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the melting vessel comprises at least one electrode comprising molybdenum.

9. The method of claim 2, wherein the method further comprises draining molten glass from the fining vessel while the reducing atmosphere is in the glass melting vessel and while the pressure of the atmosphere in the fining vessel is greater than the pressure of the reducing atmosphere in the glass melting vessel.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein at least a portion of the molten glass drained from the fining vessel is drained through the glass melting vessel.

11. The method of claim 2, wherein the pressure of the reducing atmosphere in the glass melting vessel is at least about 0.25 inches of water greater than the pressure of the atmosphere surrounding the glass melting vessel.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the pressure of the atmosphere in the fining vessel is at least about 0.05 inches of water greater than the pressure of the reducing atmosphere in the glass melting vessel.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein the reducing atmosphere comprises from about 10 ppm to about 300 ppm of oxygen.

14. The method of claim 1 , wherein, subsequent to draining the glass melt

composition from the glass melting vessel, a second glass melt composition is introduced into the glass melting vessel.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the at least one electrode comprising

molybdenum is powered off while draining the glass melt composition from the glass melting vessel.

The method of claim 15, wherein a glass cullet is introduced into the glass melting vessel prior to introducing the second glass melt composition into the glass melting vessel.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein the glass cullet is introduced into the glass melting vessel until it at least partially immerses the at least one electrode comprising molybdenum and the at least one electrode comprising molybdenum is powered on subsequent to being at least partially immersed by the glass cullet.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the glass cullet is introduced into the glass vessel until it at least fully immerses the at least one electrode comprising molybdenum and second glass melt composition is introduced into the glass melting vessel subsequent to the at least one electrode being fully immersed in the glass cullet.

The method of claim 9, wherein the method further comprises establishing a glass plug in the fining vessel or in a conduit in fluid communication with the fining vessel by maintaining a portion of the fining vessel or a conduit in fluid communication with the fining vessel at a temperature at or below the softening point of the glass melt composition.

The method of claim 19, wherein at least a portion of the molten glass drained from the fining vessel is drained through the glass melting vessel.