In contemporary usage, wrought iron refers to steel (most often decorative fabrications and/or components) which are worked, shaped or fabricated by hand, sometimes using an anvil. Wrought iron also is a term used to refer to a specific alloy of iron that was replaced by modern steel which is no longer mass produced. Wrought iron, the alloy, was preferred by blacksmiths when forging and fabricating ornamental metalwork.
In many cases a modern wrought iron gate and fence is actually made of light steel tubing which can rust from the inside out, accumulate water inside of the posts and pickets and be damaged easily due to its light weight. Cast iron is metalwork produced in a foundry. At the foundry, metal ingots are melted in furnaces and the molten metal is poured into molds. Cast iron is very economical to produce and extremely durable and many decorative components used in the ornamental metalworking trade are made of cast iron. All products within the Heritage Cast Iron USA line are made of solid, Class 30 Grey iron.
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