Terme privilégié :
- four réverbère n. m.
A furnace of the reverberatory type, similar to the puddling furnace. It was used for melting pig iron for the production of castings and consited of a fireplace at one end, and a stack at the other. The hearth was situated between the two and was usually lined with silica. The roof over the hearth sloped towards the stack. The metal was melted by a flame produced by fuel burning at the one end of the furnace, which passed over the hearth to the exit at the other end. Heat was thus reflected from the roof and sides of the furnaces.