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Iron Smelting Experiment - October 2004

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The completed fire brick smelter. The overall height is about 60 cm with an average diameter of about 30 cm. (In fact the shape is a slight tear drop - with the point at the tuyere.) Night has fallen! Starting a slow fire in the smelter to dry the clay and pre-heat the mass. Using scraps of cardboard helps remove the water without flashing it to steam to limit cracking.

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

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