Posted 03 August 2005 - 03:10 PM
Posted 03 August 2005 - 08:08 PM
Or go right over to Anvil's Ring Iron smelting article and scroll down to Furnace Operation - that's usually how it's done.
p.s. If your goal is 'real wrought iron', you'd be better off buying some old fence or wagon wheels, the process by which wrought iron was made started out with pig iron, which is kinda hard to get through the backyard smelting process - although it's possible, I'm sure....
Edited by Jeff Pringle, 03 August 2005 - 11:59 PM.
Posted 04 August 2005 - 08:04 AM
Note that I say this like I've actually done it...
The Rockbridge Bloomery site, whose URL escapes me, is a good one for info too.
Posted 04 August 2005 - 11:11 AM
Sorry, I been recently reading about the puddling process and it obscured my memory of the previous 1000 years of wrought history. I've been thinking of trying it in my crucible furnace, since I've got pounds of homemade steel that I need to drop the carbon content of - over-cooked wootz turns into cast iron pretty quick.
Actually, Jeff, the pig-into-wrought method wasn't invented until pretty late in the game
I guess the real point is, wrough iron is still easier to find at a scrap yard than to make in the back yard, so unless home-made is your goal, why not skip the 100's of dollars and hours -
'jlw50' - you said "to try to get some real wrought iron" - did you want your own w.i., or will any do?
Posted 04 August 2005 - 04:52 PM
Posted 08 November 2005 - 06:47 PM
Posted 08 November 2005 - 07:03 PM
The process of cast into wrought and steel is VERY OLD.the chinese were doing it long ago.
Well, I know absolutely jack about the Chinese methods of iron production, beyond the fact that they had cast iron down at a level of expertise far beyond anything Europe had to offer until the 1500s or later....
I was responding from my white male European-semi-educated oppressor point of view.
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