This is in the possession of John Ballantyne. It is a roll of plastic tape. John states – I think ram mix was the clay mix used to seal the tap hole of the blast furnace after the cast was completed. There was quite a bit of research/trialling done to get the mix ‘fit for…
Found at the old site of the Jenny Lind Brickworks, Motherwell adjacent to the old Ravenscraig Steelworks site.
Spinella was a trademark of General Refractories (GR) and manufactured at their Worksop Works. When GR and John G Stein and Co amalgamated (GR-S) it is likely that Spinella bricks continued to be manufactured at Worksop but it is possible that manufacture was switched to the GR-S Manuel Works, Linlithgow to suit demand but this would have meant production plant modification. (For research but in the meantime, I will record them on my website due to the brand connection with a Scottish manufacturer).
- Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire.
- Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire.
- Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire.
- Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.
Spinella KM 240 x 240 60/42 – £1491.99 per tonne.
Spinella MCA E. A Mark 522.
Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 103/96.2 MK 620 end arches.
Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 103/82.0 MK 220 end arches.
Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 60/53.2 MK 20K closure.
Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 80/73.2 MK 20L closure.
Spinella MCA brand – burning zone – with 16g lipped steel sheets % cardboard spacers attached end Arch 200 x 198 x 76/55 – £ 260.50 per ton.
Below – Bricks stamped Spinella, GR’S Spinella (GR’S – General Refractories?) and Spinella DF.
Below – A broken Spinella brick found at the Glengarmock Iron Works, Beith, Ayrshire.