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Iron Smelting Experiment - 2004

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Starting to pre-heat the smelter.
No air is being supplied at this point to allow the heat to penetrate slowly through the clay. This allows any water present to cook off without flashing to steam. Rapid heating is likely to crack the walls.
Darrell gets rid of a lot of winter windfall branches out of the yard.

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Text © Darrell Markewitz, 2017
Photographs © Neil Peterson, 2017

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