East Canaan in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument
Here at Beckley the oven was located on the hill to the east of the furnace stack and the downcomer entered the furnace via the east arch. The downcomer fed a semicircular horizontal pipe called the "bustle pipe" that carried the air to each tuyere arch. The simulated piping here shows the end of the bustle pipe entering from the right. Since the temperature of the blast air was about 800 degrees this arch would not have been a comfortable place to be when the furnace was in operation.
During the life of this furnace different arrangements of tuyeres were used. It is likely that only a single tuyere was included in the original 1847 design. The single tuyere arrangement is the one shown by the simulated piping in the arch.
At a later time this
This area was also the exhaust for a ventilation system under the hearth. This system allowed air to circulate and vented any gas or steam that might build up thus keeping the hearth cooler and preventing explosions. This ventilation system was discovered when the furnace was restored.
Erected 2002 by Friends of Beckley Furnace, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 42° 0.664′ N, 73° 17.541′ W. Marker is in East Canaan, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lower Road and Furnace Hill Road, on the left when traveling west. Located at Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Canaan CT 06024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birth of an Industry (a few steps from this marker); Salamander (a few steps from this marker); What Is This Place? (a few steps from this marker); Casting Arch & Furnace Hearth (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Forbes (approx. 0.4 miles away); East Canaan Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away); North Canaan (approx. 2 miles away); Joseph Deferari (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Canaan.
Also see . . . Friends of Beckley Furnace. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.