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forehearth

[fawr-hahrth, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌhɑrθ, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
(in a blast furnace or cupola) a reservoir for iron or slag, accessible through a door at hearth level.
Origin of forehearth
1880-1885
1880-85; fore- + hearth
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  • G—The forehearth crucible: one-half inside is to be seen open in the other furnace.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Then the same assistant throws a little powdered charcoal into the pit of the forehearth and sprinkles it with pulverised earth.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Then the stannum runs out of the furnace into the forehearth; this is an alloy of lead and silver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • At the first stands the smelter, who with a ladle pours the alloy out of the forehearth into the moulds.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • When the alloy has been poured out of the forehearth, the smelter foreman and the mine captain weigh the cakes.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Afterward, when the tap-hole has been opened, they flow into the forehearth and mix there with the molten lead.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • By this method the lead contained in the forehearth absorbs the silver, and the silver-lead is taken to the cupellation furnace.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • L—The master stands at the other furnace and prepares the forehearth by ramming it with two rammers.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • In this method the molten lead in the forehearth absorbs the silver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • One half of the latter consists of copper and silver, and it settles to the bottom of the forehearth.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola

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