[Sca-cooks] Period dutch ovens

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Wed Dec 9 20:36:02 PST 2009

Cast iron is just as brittle, and as difficult to work with in France,
Canada, India, or China, as it is in England ;-)

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:34 PM, otsisto <otsisto at socket.net> wrote:
> But this is England, what about other countries?
> De
> -----Original Message-----
> Here is something interesting that I found.  See below.
> Huette
> Because cast iron is comparatively brittle, it is not suitable for purposes
> where a sharp edge or flexibility is required. It is strong under
> compression, but not under tension. Cast Iron was first invented in China
> (see also: Du Shi), and poured into molds to make weapons and figurines.
> Historically, its earliest uses included cannon and shot. Henry VIII
> initiated the casting of cannon in England. Soon English iron workers using
> blast furnaces developed the technique of producing cast iron cannons which
> while heavier than the prevailing bronze cannons were much cheaper and
> enabled England to arm her navy better. The ironmasters of the Weald
> continued producing these until the 1760s, and this was the main function of
> the iron industry there after the Restoration.
> Cast iron pots were made at many English blast furnaces at that period. In
> 1707, Abraham Darby patented a method of making pots (and kettles) thinner,
> and hence cheaper than his rivals could. This meant that his Coalbrookdale
> Furnaces became dominant as suppliers of pots, an activity in which they
> were joined in the 1720s and 1730s by a small number of other coke-fired
> blast furnaces.
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Saint Phlip

Heat it up
Hit it hard
Repent as necessary.


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