I have been playing with the idea of making my own steel for a while but couldn’t find the time or the practical knowledge to run a small one-man-operated tatara-like smelter. That is, until I had a chance to watch and help Mike Blue and Randal Graham go through the process.
This is the story of my first run during which I encounter a number of difficulties. The main one being how exhausting is for one single person to run this furnace and pay attention to everything that is going on.
On to the pictures.