from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A furnace heated by the combustion of gas.
- n. A furnace for distilling gas from coal or some other form of carbon.
- n. The name is now applied to many different types of forges, ovens, and furnaces heated by natural gas, water-gas, or generator gas, and used in assaying, annealing, brazing, carbonizing, enameling, forging, japanning, melting, soldering, tempering, or welding metals, and also in warming buildings. Gas-furnaces are named from the work for which they are used: as the an-nealing gas-furnace, the brazing gas-furnace, etc. They consist commonly of a steel frame or box, lined with firebrick or other refractory material, and one or more gas-burners which deliver the gas, mixed with air, under the pressure of an air-blast.
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Awkward patterns commence with us with plaster, wax, sheets of wet blotting paper pasted together on a shape or wood; but they almost invariably make their appearance in the foundry after being converted into soft metal by the aid of a gas-furnace.
A ladleful of lead and tin, melted in a small gas-furnace, will, in a few minutes, give you a pattern which you can bend and adjust to any required shape.
I had constructed a small gas-furnace, now much employed by chemists, containing a platinum tube, which could be heated to vivid redness.