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Hot metal charge at Erie Steel

Hot metal charge at Erie Steel

In a fiery display, 2700 degrees-F liquid iron is poured into a Basic Oxygen Furnace vessel at the Erie Steel Corp., Conneaut Works. The worker in the foreground is not as close to the action as he appears, at least he is attired in 'silvers' to protect himself from any stray splashes!
I've seen this photo before. As hard as it is to believe, it IS just a model! Awsome work, Slug.
"Just like all the members "above" me....: 10+
How did you made that "sparkling" hot iron???
Great picture Ken!
Holy mackaral, I never expected this level of reaction - THANKS ALOT guys! :)

Jos, to answer your question:
The BOF vessel is made of self-hardening clay, making it heat-resistant. I placed a 40-watt incandescent bulb inside of it to simulate the brightness of hot metal, and put a thin veil of yellow fiberglas insulation 'batting' (sp?) across the opening to hide the bulb. The 'flames' effect was purely accidental.

The ladle is a resin casting by Brandon Wehe.

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