Collections: Iron, How Did They Make It? Part II, Trees for Blooms


Folks don’t even think twice about blacksmiths and coal– coal is an incredibly more dense energy source than trees or the stuff you can make for them.

This series is enjoyable for bringing up things folks don’t think about.

A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry

This week we continue our four-part (I, II, III, IV) look at pre-modern iron and steel production. Last week we prospected our iron ore and extracted it from the ground and did some initial mechanical processing (washing, sorting, crushing). This week, we’re going to make our way from just rocks to an actual mass of metal rather than just some metal-bearing ore. As we’ll see, we are going to do this by applying heat and (more importantly) chemistry:

Note that this week is going to be spent just getting our iron ore into being an iron bloom, the first two steps.

Warning: Many, many trees were harmed in the making of this iron.

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Author: Foxfier

Former sailor, current geek, conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Refugee from the Seattle blob. (No, we DIDN'T vote for those taxes!) Elf is my husband, our kids are Princess, Duchess, Baron, Empress, Chief, and Contessa.

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