Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham, AL

October, 2006

John & Cathy Mandell

Snapshots:  (Some are in quite dark spaces!)  Click to enlarge

  Blast Furnace

  Corliss steam driven air pumps (eight pumps)

  One of the 2 electric pumps that replaced the 8 Corliss pumps

  Air heaters, gate valve


Cooling pond, misc equipment

  Casting shed.  Molten iron was originally pored into pigs, depressions in the sand, inside the shed.

  Later, molten iron was moved by rail in ladle cars. Pigs were continuously poured & cooled on a "conveyer" system.