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 Posted: Mon Nov 19th, 2012 04:30 pm
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W C Greene



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Funny that you should mention mercury in gold/silver smelting. Here is a photo of a little mercury still I built from the idea of Verne Niner's. If you search for mercury still here, you will find info about these things. They were built a ways from the smelter (even the toxic smoke couldn't compete with mercury distilling).




The mercury was distilled from the ore and it dripped (I suppose) from the pipe on the left side. It filled bottles which were then taken into the smelter. The info and history of these things are in Verne's thread so I won't cover it here. You might note that the usual sparse vegetation is REALLY sparse here since the mercury killed off anything close by! This little still is about 8 by 8 feet and about 8 or 9 feet tall.

Woodie
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1964&forum_id=4&highlight=mercury+still

That's the link for the thread...



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