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kerlc

smelting problem

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I have a problem. I have found some sphalerite ore, and when i place it in the firepit for it to melt into unshaped zinc. it doesn't it reaches a point of heat whereupon it evaporates. It might be the fact that i am rather new at this, but i can't see what i'm doing wrong. help?

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You need Ceramic Molds to catch the melting ore. It's not so much that it evaporated as slopped onto the ground in a mess. :)

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To clarify and explain:

You'll need to go get some clay (not difficult to find really and easy to spot). Just look for dirt with gray patches on it. Dig it up and then craft a mold then you need to cook it in the fire pit into a ceramic mold. Now that you have molds, you can put the metal in the pit to melt (make sure NOT to stack your molds as you'll lose them when the metal fills a mold up).

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Thank you for your help :). The starter guide should really say something about this...

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It's somewhat new and wasn't originally operating this way. All documentation is subject to change and not guaranteed to be up to date with the current version with all the updates that are being pushed through so quickly.

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Im having other smelting problems, some ores just wont melt in either the bloomery or the fireplace. I may just need to go higher in the hills but Im on the 2nd highest mountain I could find. I also noticed that at the same elevation my fire pit gets way hotter than my bloomery. Is that right?

this is my fire pit with bellows in use

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This is my Bloomery with bellows in use

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I have been able to smelt the Hematite by getting it Orange**** in the fire pit, then quickly dumping the hot ore into the bloomery before it cools which it then smelts almost instant but I will lose it if I dont get it into a mold before it cools down.

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You need Ceramic Molds to catch the melting ore. It's not so much that it evaporated as slopped onto the ground in a mess. :)

Thanks you helped me alot... I was unable to do anything up untill now!

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Im having other smelting problems, some ores just wont melt in either the bloomery or the fireplace.

Be aware that you don't have to use both the fireplace and the bloomery for ores.

Some ores (such as Casserite) will happily melt in a fireplace with maple or hickory as fuel, maybe needing a little extra height, or a blow or two from a bellows.

Other ores have to be melted in the bloomery (such as Haemetite). No amount of heating in a firepit will get them to melt.

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