Bulletin Volume 8-10

Bulletin Volume 8-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... The growth of the Coke industry in Alabama has been even more rapid than that of the coal mining. It was not until 1876 that it was known that the Alabama Coal would make coke suitable for iron smelting, and the state ranks now second in the Union as a coke producing state. The coke production in 1903, as given in the Alabama State Mine Inspector's Report, was 2,568,185 tons. The greater part of this coke was used in the iron furnaces of the state, though a portion of it was shipped to other states and to Mexico, for smelting and foundry purposes. The present product does not begin to supply the demand and many new ovens are in course of construction. The coke in 1903 was made in about 8,638 ovens, all of the bee hive pattern except about 240 Semet-Solvay ovens at Ensley, with a daily capacity of about 1,250 tons. The 80 Semet-Solvay ovens at the Central Furnace near Tuscaloosa were not yet in operation in 1903. Most of the coke is made from slack coal but the entire output of some of the mines, after crushing, washing and draining, is converted into coke. With one or two exceptions, the heat and gases from the bee hive ovens are allowed to go to waste; but the Semet-Solvay ovens, of course, utilize these products. At a valuation of $2.45 a ton the coke product of Alabama during 1903 was worth nearly $6,000,000. The Wamsiob Coal Field. This field which lies to the north and west of the other two above named, has nearly ten times the area of the two combined, estimated at 7,800 square miles. In the usual classification the Warrior Field comprises all of the coal measures of Alabama, drained by the Warrior and Tennessee Rivers, together with those of Lookout Mountain drained by the Coosa river. The relatively greater importance of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236865936
  • 9781236865939