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The Wonders Of Cast Iron

THE WONDERS O F CAST IRON Come One Come All! Read all about the amazing metal that fuelled the industrial revolution. What is Cast Iron? It's created from re-melting pig iron and pouring the molten metal into a mould until it solidifies. Fe Si 95% Iron + 2-4% Carbon 1-3% Silicon Cast Iron! It's one of the oldest ferrous metals and has been used for construction and ornamental purposes throughout history. What Are Ferrous Metals? Cast Iron Economical Ferrous metals are metal-alloys that contain iron. They are easy to machine and less expensive to produce. It's an economical metal, as any run offs are melted down and re-cast. Versatile Brittle Durable Malleable (White Cast Iron) Ferrous (Once molded) It Comes in Two Forms: Grey Cast Irons White Cast Iron: The most common form of cast iron, with flakes of carbon throughout. Not actually white, more tensile and malleable. History The act of casting metal has been around for thousands of years: Cast iron artefacts like pots and crude weapons date back as far as 5th century BC China. CHINA It was cheaper than steel and easier to produce in large quantities. Cast iron first came to England in the 15th century, where it was used for cannons and ammo. The metal played a huge part in the industrial revolution. ABRAHAM DARBY Bridges An integral part of the Industrial Revolution, Abraham's method of smelting iron with coke enabled the rapid production of great The world famous Iron Bridge was the first ever arch bridge to be made of iron. quantities of iron. Coke-smelted cast iron went into steam engines, bridges, and many other 19th century inventions. His legacy lives on today. Built by Abraham Darby III in 1775, it was developed using his family's blast furnaces. Architecture Being relatively cheap to produce during the Industrial Revolution, cast iron was frequently used for construction. It was an inexpensive way to mass-produce ornate facades, allowing grand structures to be quickly built. Pipes Historically grey cast iron has been used to craft pressure pipes that carry water and sewage. To this day, many old buildings still contain cast iron sewage piping. Furniture Cast iron Furniture includes: Cookers Bells Door Stops Knockers Candle Stands Recipe Books Stools Racks Cookware Pots and pans have been crafted from cast iron for hundreds of years. Because they allow the heat to spread evenly, cast iron skillets are said to give the best cooking experience. If treated properly, a cast iron skillet will last you a life time. Clothes Airers The laths of traditional clothes airers are held together with cast iron. They're an economical and eco-friendly way to dry clothes. Incredibly common during the Victoria era, they're once again becoming a popular. Cast Iron is used everywhere you go, so keep an eye out for it in the future. This infographic was created by: CAST in STYLE Specialists in providing cast iron home and garden furniture. Check out our fantastic range of products at:

The Wonders Of Cast Iron

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The science behind cast iron, a bit of history as well as its many uses including bridges and furnishings.


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