Smelting Iron at Tunnel Mill

Furnace Running Well

Created: October 25, 2015
Revised: May 14, 2018

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I have assisted in several smelts at Tunnel Mill over the years, but I am most interested in the recent ones where the goal is "wrought iron" with a carbon content as low as possible

2012 Smelt

2013: We failed to get a bloom. We had made at least two important mistakes that caused that failure. Too bad, since we did a good job of re-using the furnace from 2012.
2013 Smelt Notes

2014: No smelt due to a poor weather report and lack of a large enough crew. But we did prepare and roast ore for the following year.
We also built a new furnace form which we would use in the next smelt.

2015 Smelt

2017 Smelt