U.S. Steel closing Gary Works coke plant – Post-Tribune

Steel plants, coal burning, and health issues bring layoffs, displacing hundreds of workers.
Made from crushed coal cooked at extremely high temperatures, coke is a key raw material in iron-making, providing heat for the blast furnace. It comes with costly environmental challenges, however, and steel industry experts say coke-making could become obsolete in the future as the steel industry turns to cleaner technology.

There is no way to smelt iron without a blast furnace and there is no more efficient material to feed a blast furnace than coking coal. This is basic metallurgy.
February 27, 2015

Did your FIL ever fill up your wood stove with wet wood, then shut off the dampers?
Apparently this saves fuel.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-gary-coke-plant-closing-st-0227-20150226-story.html

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