This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
Lessons from the day.
Part of the brewing process is sterilizing the kettles, pipes and tanks all product would touch. This was done with a caustic solution. To the left is a healthy pile of asbestos where a heating tank used to stand, insulated in the carcinogenic mineral. The tank got cut apart, the asbestos stayed here.
A machine to cast copper billets.
Limits on personnel and explosives allowed in the building at the same time.
Furnace #6; its catwalk and tapway. Note the lever-operated gutter-blockers.
An impressive message for graffiti in a Detroit warehouse, but then again look at these steam pumps. Over-built and under-appreciated.
A line of huge machines wait to be used as parts under a long-disused belt drive.
Fire buckets did not have flat bottoms so they could never be used for other buckety tasks, and were thus always handy in an actual fire.