In a chemistry laboratory, a retort furnace, or retort oven, creates a controlled atmosphere to apply extreme heat treatments to solidify products. A separate chamber within high-temperature retort furnace ovens creates a controlled atmosphere to heat the product indirectly. For industrial applications, a retort furnace offers quicker heating times, improved operating conditions and decreased fuel consumption.
Retort laboratories use retort furnaces for distillation of substances. Because of their separate heating enclosure, they provide low atmosphere usage and control of the atmosphere, including allowing the altering of atmospheric conditions during a single firing cycle. Heat applied to objects placed within retort ovens produces chemical reactions for chemists to study and analyze. Shale oil extraction and charcoal development commonly use retort furnaces.
“Retort” in chemistry lab applications refers to the airtight vessel where the material is processed, and “muffle furnace” is a term made by furnace manufacturers to refer to the insulation and separation of the heating elements from the contents of the retort. Both muffle and retort furnaces describe the same type of furnace.
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