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    A Fools Experiment

    I have been collecting hematite iron ore from the place that I call my home for the past year. I finally have plucked up the determination to start down the road to making a child's dream into an adult reality. This is a WIP that will take a very long time. I have much to learn from others as well as from my own mistakes. Please bear with me on this because through the whole I will share all that I learn.

    Here is the start:






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    Any and all feedback/input is more than welcome. I hope you enjoy this very long journey!
    Do not tell me I can't, let me succeed or fail. Even a failure is a small success.

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    Wow, smelt away Heath! I'll be watching your adventure and hoping for your success.

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    Cool, and if you'd like to add a running commentary for the less knowledgeable that would be fine too.
    one man gathers what another man spills...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    Cool, and if you'd like to add a running commentary for the less knowledgeable that would be fine too.
    I am newer to this than you, but here we go;
    This is specular hematite from the Marquette range of the upper peninsula of Michigan. I lived within a 15 to30 minute drive from five different mines that the ores ha e been collected from. From all that I have researched and that I know, this is some of the best iron ore available dating back to the 1800's.
    The total ore weight at this date of post is 156.34 lbs. I do have more coming that will increase the mass before I will actually start smelting it. I am very curious to see what the final yield will be?!
    Do not tell me I can't, let me succeed or fail. Even a failure is a small success.

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    about 4 ounces.lol
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    Tamahagane HO! Get to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heath Besch View Post
    I am newer to this than you, but here we go;
    This is specular hematite from the Marquette range of the upper peninsula of Michigan. I lived within a 15 to30 minute drive from five different mines that the ores ha e been collected from. From all that I have researched and that I know, this is some of the best iron ore available dating back to the 1800's.
    The total ore weight at this date of post is 156.34 lbs. I do have more coming that will increase the mass before I will actually start smelting it. I am very curious to see what the final yield will be?!
    Traditional Tatara produces a few hundred kilos of Tamahagane with varying quality out of ~10 ton smelt. But their process is not too efficient, you will have a lot more control over what is going on so the yeld could be high. Walter Sorrells has a video of making tamahagane on you tube., that you may like.

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    Heath, this could turn out to be really cool! While I was visiting Randy, a guy came by showing off some Tamahagane he just made. To me it looked like a lump of semi-sparkly coal and Wunderbar. To Randy, it looked like something that might make a great knife, once Jr. had gotten to it. To Jr, it looked like Tamahagane. Haha. I wonder if the source was the same. Hmmm.

    I'm excited to see what comes of this.
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    Thanks for sharing this Heath. Posts like this are a big reason I've become so fond of this forum.

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    Any idea the percentage of iron in this ore?

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