|The last of the hardwood is removed, just prior to loading the smelter with charcoal. Darrell works from the top using a long handled scoop tool. The idea here is to make sure that the starting charcoal load has particles of uniform sizes. Maybe not one of our better ideas!|
In later smelts we would burn the hardwood down a bit more then just add the initial charcoal load on top.
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