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Illustrations from Becher's Tripus hermeticus fatidicus
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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 11:44 am
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Interesting furnace pictures.

https://www.facebook.com/aya.huasca.1/media_set?set=a.654049881359365.1073741868.100002630766665&type=1

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http://reader.digitale-sammlungen.de/en/fs1/object/display/bsb10071951_00317.html

Alexander Guthrie Stewart
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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 06:30 pm
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Odd furnace.  Is it supposed to be made of cast metal or something?  If so, it would be a tremeandous waste of energy.  Or is the shape indicative of some hidden meaning?  If anything, I would have the narrow part at the top and the wider bit at the bottom.

Also that's the earliest picture of double action bellows that I have seen so far, I suspect they are a late 16th/ early 17th century invention at the moment, never seen any real research about them. 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 06:36 pm
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Alexander Guthrie Stewart wrote:
Odd furnace.  Is it supposed to be made of cast metal or something?  If so, it would be a tremeandous waste of energy.  Or is the shape indicative of some hidden meaning?  If anything, I would have the narrow part at the top and the wider bit at the bottom.

Also that's the earliest picture of double action bellows that I have seen so far, I suspect they are a late 16th/ early 17th century invention at the moment, never seen any real research about them. 


There's some discussion of the furnace here (bottom of page 37), with a hint that the shape may have had alchemical rather than chemical significance:

http://tinyurl.com/qyq9cqm

It was clever in that it could be put together in eight different ways and was completely portable, which may have had some bearing on the shape.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 06:54 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote: Alexander Guthrie Stewart wrote:
Odd furnace.  Is it supposed to be made of cast metal or something?  If so, it would be a tremeandous waste of energy.  Or is the shape indicative of some hidden meaning?  If anything, I would have the narrow part at the top and the wider bit at the bottom.

Also that's the earliest picture of double action bellows that I have seen so far, I suspect they are a late 16th/ early 17th century invention at the moment, never seen any real research about them. 


There's some discussion of the furnace here (bottom of page 37), with a hint that the shape may have had alchemical rather than chemical significance:

http://tinyurl.com/qyq9cqm

It was clever in that it could be put together in eight different ways and was completely portable, which may have had some bearing on the shape.

Ah yes, I recall reading that portable furnaces had a tremeandous vogue, even into the 19th century.  In fact that link is to one of the books I have seen mentioned.  I notice on the next page a furnace invented by Joseph Black which works by taking in or out various stoppers, which is the principle mentioned by Thomas Norton several hundred years earlier. 


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