Charcoal Briquet Production at the Ford Iron Mountain Plant, Moving Hot Dried Wood to Retorts, 1935

Summary

Ford Motor Company made charcoal from wood wastes produced by its Michigan lumber mills. Wood chips were collected, dried and burned in retorts. These special ovens captured the combustion gases so that they could be used to generate some of the energy needed to run the plant. The resulting char was crushed, mixed with starch and compressed into useable briquettes.

Ford Motor Company made charcoal from wood wastes produced by its Michigan lumber mills. Wood chips were collected, dried and burned in retorts. These special ovens captured the combustion gases so that they could be used to generate some of the energy needed to run the plant. The resulting char was crushed, mixed with starch and compressed into useable briquettes.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

25 April 1935

Subject Date

25 April 1935

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.833.P.62862

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 9.875 in

Width: 7.938 in

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