A bloomery is a type of furnace once widely used for smelting iron from its oxides. The bloomery was the earliest form of smelter capable of smelting iron. A bloomery's product is a porous mass of iron and slag called a bloom. This mix of slag and iron in the bloom is termed sponge iron, which is usually consolidated and further forged into wrought iron. The bloomery has now largely been superseded by the blast furnace, which produces pig iron.
Bloomery can refer to:
- A bloomery
- Bloomery, West Virginia (disambiguation)
- The highway near Bloomery, Bloomery Pike
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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bloomery \Bloom"er*y\, n. (Manuf.) A furnace and forge in which wrought iron in the form of blooms is made directly from the ore, or (more rarely) from cast iron.
alt. A forge in which wrought iron is made straight from ore. n. A forge in which wrought iron is made straight from ore.
Usage examples of "bloomery".
The bloomery roaring with fire, the clank of iron bars, smoke smutting the air, flecks of bright dust blowing into the thatch of the furnace-house how these raised my spirits!
The pitted iron hardware deep lilac in color, smeltered in some bloomery in Cadiz or Bristol and beaten out on a blackened anvil, good to last three hundred years against the sea.
LeSpark, as he tells it, was us'd to visit with potential customers, as well as tour his sources of supply, Gunsmithies, Forges, Bloomeries, and Barrel Mills, passing as in a glide, thro' the Country, safe inside a belief as unquestioning as in any form of Pietism you could find out there that he, yes little JWL, goeth likewise under the protection of a superior Power, not, in this case, God, but rather, Business.
In the shadows where the Forge's glow does not reach, or out uncomforted beneath the vaporous daylight of Chesapeake, bent to the day's loads of Fuel from the vanishing Hardwood Groves nearby, or breathing in the mephitic Vapors of the bloomeries, wordlessly and, as some may believe, patiently, they bide everywhere, these undeclared secular terms in the Equations of Proprietary Happiness.
It is probable that the "blomes" referred to in this agreement were the bloomeries or fires in which the iron was made.
The natives had probably smelted it themselves in their rude bloomeries, or obtained it from the Phoenicians in small quantities in exchange for skins and food, or tin.