How did Michael Faraday melt Sodium Chloride?

Michael Faraday melted sodium chloride in a silver spoon and ran an electric current through the molten salt, which released chlorine as a gas and left pure sodium behind.

Sodium chloride melts at $800\ \pu{^\circ C}$. How did Michael Faraday melt the salt?

*I know he invented the bunsen burner, but did he use that?

• If you're incredulous that such temperatures were achievable those days, you may want to check out the average flame temperature of a candle-- 800 degrees isn't a big deal. Or are you asking for the exact setup he used in his electrolysis apparatus? – ManishEarth Aug 1 '12 at 6:12
• I am asking for the exact setup. I found an open flame to be insufficient. – Dale Aug 1 '12 at 15:01
• I came across an explanation of why NOT to use this method: yarchive.net/explosives/sodium_make.html – Dale Aug 2 '12 at 23:17