The following is based on and has not been confirmed by Van Buren canon sources.
Improve The Smelting Furnace was going to be a quest in , the canceled Van Buren Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios. It was located in the Furnace Caves.
It'll take some convincing and trust, but if they let you shut down the furnace for a couple of days so you can make some upgrades, you can make it burn hotter and with less fuel, giving them better yields on their smelting.
Character type completion breakdown Edit
ScienceBoy - Is the one with the know-how. If your science is really good, the result is even better than normal.
DiploBoy - Has a better chance of talking them into shutting down the furnace.
Journal Entries Edit
Normal Journal Edit
Stage Status Description 1 After looking at the Blackfoot smelter, I realized it could be improved. 2 I talked to Scars For Hands, the woman in charge of the smelter, and finally convinced her to let me shut it down for a couple days so I could make improvements on it. 3 Quest finished I worked on the smelter and made some improvements. 4 Quest finished I worked on the smelter and made some major improvements.
Dumb Journal Edit
Stage Status Description 1 Blackfoot metal-melter works okay, but could be better. 2 Me talk to Scars, she say I can stop fires and fix metal-melter. 3 Quest finished Me fix metal-melter some. 4 Quest finished Metal-melter fixed!
Blackfoot design document