NH ceramic heaters can be used as a flat plate heater. The use of a heavy gauge metal in the shroud and a lip sides causes the heater to be more rigid. Mounting holes can be placed in the perimeter of the shroud. The use of ceramic inserts to support high-temperature resistance wire allows the NH ceramic heater band to operate at temperatures reaching 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Corrosion-resistant metal is slit along the edges to allow easy fitting of the shroud to the object to be heated. The radiant heating effect of ceramic heaters allows construction in widths greater than those in other types of heaters. Wider bands allow fewer heaters per zone and more uniform heat patterns.