The Colgate Scene
March 2005

Steam kettle

Once per shift, the firebox is cleaned out with a 20-foot iron rake. "The fire burns so efficiently, a 30-ton tractor trailer load burns down into ash -- as fine as talcum powder -- not even enough to fill a five-gallon drum," boasted Skip Richards. The ash is then sent to an organic farm owned by Chuck Blood in nearby West Brookfield, where it is used as fertilizer.


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