What is a Retort Furnace?

A retort furnace is a type of oven used when a controlled atmosphere is required for heat treatment of products. A controlled atmosphere is created because the product is heated indirectly within a separate chamber. The benefits of a retort furnace include quicker heating times, improved operating conditions, and decreased fuel consumption.

How Retort Furnaces are Used

Retort furnaces are used in chemistry laboratories for distillation of substances. Objects placed within retort ovens are heated until they produce chemical reactions for chemists to study and analyze. These furnaces are also commonly used in shale oil extraction and charcoal development.