What is this project about?
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Making an affordable blast furnace from common materials
What do you want to get out of this project?
A functional furnace that I can use for making cast-iron parts
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using clay bricks for a furnace?
What will it take for you to complete this project?
Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.
Get supplies (bricks, fittings, etc.)
Construct the Furnace
Test the furnace on low-melting metals (brass)
Test the furnace on iron
Unable, the furnace destroyed its lid
Final Work Product + Notion Page Due
June 29, 2021
Last Day of Project Cycle
July 1, 2021
Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.
6/8/21: I've decided to get a roll of ceramic fibre insulation to line the furnace with, and also to use as a much lighter lid.
During the 6/17/21 test, the furnace managed to get hot enough to melt (yes, melt!) the ceramic fibre insulation, indicating temperatures of around 4000 degrees Fahrenheit! All the while, the outside of the furnace never got hotter than 200 degrees F, proving my theory that the hollow bricks insulate very well.
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Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.
The act of reflecting allows you to highlight the accomplishments and applications of your project. (questions courtesy of Powderhouse Studios)
Was your project meaningful?
Did this project matter? In what ways did it further your knowledge, force you to grow, or provide something useful?
Was your project ambitious?
Given what you already know, did this project challenge you in meaningful ways?
Was your project deep?
Did your project engage with powerful ideas or tools? Additionally, did you engage with the material in a deep sense (i.e. did you develop ownership over the ideas or tools)? Can you utilize these skills independently now?