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It might not seem like iron is such an important part of our lives, but objects made from iron decades ago still stand strong today. Its lasting qualities continue to make it useful. Here are ways to take advantage of the lasting power of iron in your everyday life:
Cast iron is probably the most used way to mold iron into shape. Cast iron is made by melting iron and pouring it into a mold to make the desired shape. Cast iron has high carbon content.
Pipe works: Many pipes in the home can be made with cast iron. These pipes are extra study for years of use and can withstand pressures from hot water and other elements. They do cost more than other pipes and are used less in home pipe works. You can obtain many of the benefits of iron pipes by using iron fittings in the areas that receive the most pressure and risk the most rusting.
Pots and Pans: Cast iron pans are still used in cooking today, but are not nearly as popular as Teflon--which is too bad, because iron pans crisp up the food cooked. The flame heats up the entire pan so that food cooks thoroughly. You can even put them in the oven.
Bridges: Cast iron bridges are some of the safest bridges. Cast iron is often used for railway bridges that need to withstand the weight and speed of trains.
Buildings: Tall skyscrapers used to be made with cast iron. Buildings that made textiles were prone to fire, so they were made from iron so that the building wouldn't burn down.
Wrought iron is melted and molded iron with a low amount of carbon, which is the opposite of cast iron. A blacksmith or ironworker can work wrought iron by hand. It is rarely used today, because steel takes precedence and saves money. You can still find and use iron for many things in your life, if you so choose.
Furniture: Wrought iron furniture is still used today in garden furniture. Wrought iron can have pretty designs, and can withstand the weather elements for decades and look beautiful.
Fencing and Gates: The most common use of wrought iron today is probably wrought iron gates and fences, although some fencing and gates are made of steel but mimic iron. The swirls and designs of wrought iron are beautiful and elegant.
Racks: Wrought iron is molded into racks used by bakers; something needs to withstand the heat from cooking. Wine racks are also often made from wrought iron, because they can last decades while the wine sits.
Iron, wrought or cast, is still useful today. Don't toss it away just yet.
Contact a company like Woodbridge Steel Ltd to learn more.