roast snow in a furnace

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roast snow in a furnace

To attempt a futile, often ridiculous, task. You're so tiny that there's no way you can carry that armchair upstairs all by yourself—you might as well roast snow in a furnace!
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In a large and lofty building, supported by pillars of iron, with great black apertures in the upper walls, open to the external air; echoing to the roof with the beating of hammers and roar of furnaces, mingled with the hissing of red-hot metal plunged in water, and a hundred strange unearthly noises never heard elsewhere; in this gloomy place, moving like demons among the flame and smoke, dimly and fitfully seen, flushed and tormented by the burning fires, and wielding great weapons, a faulty blow from any one of which must have crushed some workman's skull, a number of men laboured like giants.
The first thing that struck her eye was the furnace, that hot and feverish worker, with the intense glow of its fire, which by the quantities of soot clustered above it seemed to have been burning for ages.
He was pale as death, anxious and absorbed, and hung over the furnace as if it depended upon his utmost watchfulness whether the liquid which it was distilling should be the draught of immortal happiness or misery.
"The furnaces may also melt my tin," said the Tin Woodman; "but I am going."
We all want to melt metal quickly in our foundries, but a high fire rate with your furnace burners doesn't necessarily improve your melt rate.
[ClickPress, Thu Jan 03 2019] Furnace filters are an essential product used for protecting the furnace and regulating the temperature in homes during winter season.
[UKPRwire, Thu Jan 03 2019] Furnace filters are an essential product used for protecting the furnace and regulating the temperature in homes during winter season.
Everyone knows that electricity demand goes down in winter but a huge volume of furnace oil has been imported this season, which has led to piling up of furnace oil stocks produced by domestic refineries.
NLMK Group, an international steelmaking company with operations in Russia, the USA and European Union, has started hot-testing the pulverized coal injection (PCI) unit at one of the largest blast furnaces of its Lipetsk plant, namely blast furnace No.
Firestone, CO, March 07, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Winter in Colorado often highlights the necessity of a well-tuned furnace and an energy efficient home.
The AA-7000 Series atomic absorption spectrophotometer incorporates 3-D optics for enhanced flame and furnace analysis.
Iron production at the site's blast furnace is a vital step in the manufacture of high quality steel.
An energy-efficient furnace will cut your utility bill substantially, saving hundreds of dollars a year.
The board voted earlier this week to set a moratorium on outdoor furnace installations until June 30 to allow time to draft and approve outdoor furnace regulations.
There's no doubt that gutting that old fuel-oil-fired furnace and replacing it with some other source of heating has popped into your head.