Belgian zinc furnace

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A furnace in which zinc is reduced and distilled from calcined ores in tubular retorts. These furnaces may be classified as direct fired and gas fired, but there is no sharp division between these systems, which merge into one another by difficultly definable gradations. Each class of furnace may be subdivided into recuperative and nonrecuperative, but heat recuperation in connection with direct firing is rare.

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms


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