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Charcoal making was last years project.  Ran two 3 foot deep 3 foot wide 
pits and a 10 foot haystack. So had a truck load. Casting w/ Guillume is 
working its way through it though.

On 10/2/2013 3:29 PM, Ted Eisenstein wrote:
>> yes, I too would like to do a smelt, of both normal bloom hardwood chunk
>> fire (pre1400 technique) and coke fire pig ingot (post 1400). Make 
>> wrought
>> iron from the bloom, and refine the pig iron down to finer quality steel
>> from the pig.  If I track down the ore, do you want to set up a 
>> weekend at
>> your place?  We will need a bigger smelter for the pig, and massive 
>> amounts
>> of charcoal.  I think Master Huggin used about 300 lbs of store 
>> bought bags
>> to get a maybe six inch bloom. It may actually take two weekends. One to
>> build smelters and make charcoal, the other to actually smelt.
>>
>> (of course, we will need to have a mechanically run air supply. Too many
>> humans needed to work a smelter for 20-30 hours straight. Maybe somebody
>> should work on a working period design! :P )
>
> Errr, which "you" are you referring to?
>
> The smelter used in the smelts out here were basically pseudo-chimneys of
> dirt from the backyard mixed with straw. The heat source was, ummm, I
> think maybe two 40-pound sacks of hardwood charcoal - NOT Kingsford or
> any other cooking pseudo-charcoal, but the good, original stuff. We got
> it from a place south of Jefferson City, but nowadays even my local
> small-town supermarket carries it
>
> Make charcoal? I've never seen anyone make it outside of professionals
> and long-time re-enactors of the sort who work full-time at Williamsburg.
> I suspect it'd take more than one or two days to make the stuff.
>
> Air supply: a blower made around 1910 was used. I can't remember if it
> had to be hand-worked, or used electricity. I am not sure enough people
> could be found who'd be willing to, oh, work the night shift, 30 minutes
> at a time, madly pumping the bellows - that's a lot of people with good
> stamina.
>
> Alban
>