Monthly Archives: June 2014

Constructing portable furnaces

Two weeks ago I built these two portable furnaces, designed to be placed in the trunk of my car. THey survived a 1200 km trip to Bochum in Germany and a two day iron smelting seminar with school children at the LWL Historisches Museum in Herne without a scratch! They’re made of a supportive frame of construction steel clad in mink cage steel wire mesh and covered in a clay – sand – horse manure mix. In this gallery you can see in detail how the fornaces are constructed.

Iron ore hunting

Yesterday I went ore hunting in the meadows and forests of western Jutland. First I got almost a┬átrailer full of ore from my old faithful ore deposit just north of Esbjerg, just about 40 km’s from home. Later I got about half a trialer of rock ore from a new location in Varminglund Plantage I didn’t know about until recently. The fist sized ore nuggets lay in a pile of rocks in the far end of a field. It┬áturned out to be of very fine quality, but unfortunately there wasn’t very much of it. According to some local friends there’s more in the region, so I’ll just have to keep sniffing around. The photos below are all from ore location #1, since I forgot to bring my camera to the new location.

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