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    Thumbs Up Unidentified YouTuber is Roaming Australia Surviving Completely on What He Can Build with His Own Hands

    If you've been following the Primitive Technology channel, you know that it follows a man around the Far North of Queensland, Australia. The man never identifies himself, but he is constantly building and creating things with nothing more than his hands and the elements around him.

    In a recent video, the man, often called "Prim," stumbled upon a method of creating iron. It came after he created a furnace out of clay.

    "My intent was not so much to make iron," he says from his blog, "but to show that the furnace can reach a fairly high temperature using this blower. A taller furnace called a bloomery was generally used in ancient times to produce usable quantities of iron and consumed more charcoal, ore and labour."

    Still, it is amazing to see him create a method of iron extraction out of nothing but the basics.

    He gets to work with his bow-drill blower and clay forge, first collecting orange iron bacteria (iron oxide) from the creek. He mixes it with powdered charcoal and wood ash, forms it into a cylindrical brick and fires it in a charcoal oven. The result is a melted iron ore slag with tiny, 1mm-sized specs of iron in it.

    Fascinating.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVV4xeWBIxE

    Source: Minds.com

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    he's not going to have much fun if he comes to Tasmania in Winter

    interesting all the same
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    I have been following his channel for some time now, but he is wrong about smelting iron.

    "My intent was not so much to make iron," he says from his blog, "but to show that the furnace can reach a fairly high temperature using this blower. A taller furnace called a bloomery was generally used in ancient times to produce usable quantities of iron and consumed more charcoal, ore and labour."
    The bloomery is fairly recent compared to other methods of early iron production. Most iron production done by Germanics up until the Migration Period was most likely done on a open hearth fire. It is really not that hard to do, I have made small batches of wrought iron in my forge from bog iron and even meteorites.

    First you make small pieces than forge weld them together to bigger pieces and so on and so on until you have a bar of wrought iron. Steel which is a alloy of carbon and iron is a little more tricky than pure wrought iron.
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