Category Industrial facilities

Subcategory Furnace hall

Year of manufacture/creation the 1970s

Manufacturer/author Gazoprojekt Wrocław

Place of manufacture/creation Wrocław, Poland

Size Height: 65 cm
Width: 80 cm
Length: 420 cm

Material chamotte brick, silica brick, cast iron

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 1991

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images public domain


Exhibit description

The gaseous soul is released from coal in an enclosed space in the presence of infernal heat and vacuum.

The retort is a four-metre tunnel made of refractory materials, locked with a heavy door fitted with a twist-lock mechanism. It holds up to 200 kg of coal, which is heated to 1200 degrees Celsius.

The coal carbonization process takes place in the absence of air, that is why there is vacuum in the retort. Gas is released from coal only under such extreme conditions.

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