Overview over old Fltenberg 1900. Ref 1
Overview over old Fltenberg 1900. Ref 1
Foundries and mines in  Bergslagen
Driving with mc to Flatenberg foundry.
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Crossing for the foundry. Ref 1 The foundry when production was 3000 tons a year in the beginning of 1900. Ref 1
It is crises with Flatenberg foundry. It has been closed since 2008 because of cracks in the foundry and it is not allowed to visit it inside. That's why the current pictures are only from outside.  But together with information
As i looked like after turning down. Photo from photo. Ref. 1

pictures it is quit good anyway. The picture shows the complete rust oven as late as 1925.  In spite of it has not been in use since 1918, it looks very good. Compare the other picture as it looks today. Just the very oven and a renovated transporter. The stone house to the left is the small smithy, where they for a time did fresh the iron. This became forgeable iron. Read about the production. First picture below shows the foundry itself today. It was modernized as much as
Foundry today. Ref 1 Power from the water chanel. Ref1
What is left of the coal house. Ref 1 Rust oven.  Ref 1
The foundry drawn when empty iron. Ref 1 Transporter from the coal yard. Ref 1
possible in the beginning of 1900. A turbine had been installed and also a steam machine so it could be used around the year 1870. As all foundries there was not enough with water for one year use. This modernizing was not enough and when WWI ended the foundry could not compete with prize because of the need for iron drastically was reduced. The foundry was extinguished 1918. This was for sure a hard thing for all owners as         they were independence. All of the ground owners delivered both coal and ore from their own grounds. All of it were transported to the foundry and stored there. When the

Farmers getting their coal at railway station. Photo. Ref. 1
foundry was working every single owner got times to produce there own iron. The production was controlled by an foundry leader who was competent in this work and was paid by the owners.  This iron production unit has never been owned by any factory.
There are collected works about Flatenberg already 1300. In this time the iron was produced in a simple way. Read about this Those mines in the neighborhood were Humboberg, Håksberg, Nyberget and Gräsberg.
The iron was used in the beginning for their own purpose to make tools for their farming work. In the beginning of 1600 the production was only 20 tons iron a year and this was not enough for any business. The foundry was modernized several times and 1870 it was rebuilt as it look like today. At that time the production was 3000 tons a year. It was renovated 1984 to look like it is today.
How can I found this place. Drive road 66 up to Smedjebacken turn for center and then follow sign Flatenberg. Then drive to crossing according my first picture.

This side shows those pictures which I since long missed according to Flatenberg furnace. It has since several years (2016) been closed for public because of general decline, such as building slip. It is obvious that this has been adjusted and the furnace allow visitors. During this visit I didn't recognize any noticable work made inside on the furnace building. Outside a frame was mounted and there were some improvements in the brick wall.  Inside there is nothing to be observed. Any improvement for the workplaces of the furnace or help machinery are not made.

En förrådsbyggnad med intrssant tegel innan man går över bron till hyttan. Ref. 1
One store building with an interesting roof bricks could be seen before entering the bridge to the furnace. Ref. 1
Tyvärr ett tecken på bristande underhåll. Ref. 1
Sorry but a sign lack of maintance. Ref. 1
Abetsredskap samlade mot en vägg på utslagsplatsen. Ref. 1
Works tools gathered against a wall. Ref. 1
Drivsystem till blåsmaskinen. Ref. 1
Drive system for the missing blow machine. Ref. 1
Drivsystem till övrigt hjälpmaksineri. Ref. 1
Drive system for genaral help machinery. Ref. 1
Gångväg till trappan upp till toppen. Ref. 1
 Way for the stairs up to furnace top. Ref. 1
  Den branta trappan upp till masugnens fyllnivå. Ref. 1
The percipitous stairs up to top of furnace. Ref. 1
  Toppen på hyttan där det mesta av arbetet gjorder. Upp hit gick ett hjäpdrivsystem. Ref. 1
The top area where most work are made. The help machinery axle went to this place. Ref. 1
På toppen finns också en förvärmningsugn. Ref. 1
On the top working area there was also a pre heating oven. Ref. 1
Vår guide förklarar hur arbetet gick till. Ref. 1
Our guide told us how work went on. Ref. 1
En titt ned i masugnspipan. Alla pipor saknar de översta lagren av värmebestädigt tegel. Varför vet jag ej. Ref. 1
One look inside the furnace pipe. All I have seen miss the upper layer of  heat resistant brick layers. Why I don't know. Ref. 1
Typiskt sätt att armera en masugn. Ref. 1
The time typical way or arming a furnace. Ref. 1
Trappan ned. Förklarligt att bilden blev suddig. Ref. 1
The stair downwards. A fair reason way the picture is blurred. Ref. 1
Rör för vattensystem. Närmare användning  okänd. Ref. 1
Pipes for the watersystem. Closer use is not known. Ref. 1
Dagens bäck som en gäng säkert innehöll mycket mer vatten. Ref. 1
The small water stream today must have been much larger in former work days. Ref. 1
Entrén till yttan. Ref. 1
The entrance to the furnace. Ref. 1
Förråd utanför enrén. Ref. 1
One store building outside the entrance. Ref. 1
Utslagsplatsen. Notera två utslagshål. Ref. 1
The output place for melted pig iron. Note there are two holes. The right is for scum. Ref. 1
Here I got place for more  info about the two holes for emptying the furnace iron. The right one is for scum. The left one is for melted pig iron. This pores out on the floor inte pots where it got the identification of Flatenberg, when tightened up.   Note the the lower part of left hole is closed in order to only let out scum. This material was flowing upon the melted iron..

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