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non-carbon reduction (short, from experience)

updated fri 11 nov 05


Lee Love on fri 11 nov 05

It is a little amusing that nobody has mentioned the traditional, and
most common "non-carbon reductive material": water They might not
teach this in chemistry 101 (set your books down Ivor and Bruce. ;^)
), but if you have wood fired at all, you soon learn to appreciate
the reducing characteristics in water, including the water found in
wood fuel.

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*If you do a search on the topic, with Dr. Pamela Vandiver's name too
(Materials Archaeologist at the Smithsonian Institution) you can see
that she has lecture around the country on the topic. Below is a
sample from an MIT conference:
Pamela Vandiver, Senior Research Scientist in Ceramics
Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education

To understand the relationship of a property like strength to high
temperature firing processes, we will investigate a Chinese technology
begun in the Shang dynasty at about 1600 B.C.E. This technology has been
continued to the present and is based on the use of water for the
hydrogen reduction of pottery, roof tiles, bricks and even the
terracotta warriors and horses of Qin She Huang Di's mausoleum.

Lee Love
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"Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful,
more simple or more direct than does Nature,
because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous."

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