Metallurgical furnace


Industrial furnace from 1907.
The Manufacture of Iron -- Filling the Furnace, an 1873 wood engraving

A metallurgical furnace, more commonly referred to as a furnace, is a device used to heat and melt metal ore to remove gangue, primarily in iron and steel production. The heat energy to fuel a furnace may be supplied directly by fuel combustion, by electricity such as the electric arc furnace, or through induction heating in induction furnaces. There are several different types of furnaces used in metallurgy to work with specific metal and ores.[1]

Smelting furnaces

Smelting furnaces are used in smelting to extract metal from ore. Smelting furnaces include:

Other furnaces


  1. ^ D, C. H. (1923-11-24). "Metallurgical Furnaces". Nature. 112 (2821): 755–756. doi:10.1038/112755a0. ISSN 1476-4687.