The influence of growth conditions and susceptor purity on the residual contamination in undoped 4H-SiC epitaxial layer grown at higher temperature such as 1600 °C is investigated. Residual N concentration is found to increase with growth temperature. Growth temperature dependence of residual N concentration is stronger than that of Al or B. The effect of degradation of SiC coating layer on the purity of the epitaxial layer is studied. SiC coating layer is degraded after very few repetition of growth-run. SIMS measurement reveals that the concentration of N, Al, B, Ti and V in epitaxial layer increases with the deterioration of SiC coating layer. Therefore, serious consideration on the effect of contamination from the susceptor graphite is required. By using various grades of graphite as susceptor, the dependence of the purity of epitaxial layer on the susceptor purity is studied. High concentration (1017 to 1018 cm−3) of N is found in graphite. Contamination of all types of impurities such as p-type impurities, transition metal impurities and N in graphite is found to affect the purity of epitaxial layers.