|Object Name||Object, Unidentified|
|Common Name||plug, notch|
|Maker||Buffalo Iron Furnace|
|Dimensions||H-3.75 Dia-3 inches|
|Description||This is an iron furnace hearth notch plug. It is made of aspatsulen which is a mixture of clay, sand and lime. It is roughly a conical shape.|
This piece was found by the donor in 1987 in a creek bed near the old Buffalo Iron Furnace, Greenup County, Kentucky. A plug filled the iron vent in the hearth of a furnace stack. It was "tapped" by the founder to release the molten iron into the casting beds.
The Buffalo Furnace was built in 1851 and had a 36 1/2' stone stack powered by charcoal fuel. It manufactured primarily cold-blast car-wheel pig iron. It was also equipped with a Davis hot blast stove. The furnace "blew out" in 1875.
|Collection||David Spencer Collection|
Buffalo Iron Furnace
Greenup County (Ky.)
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|