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Biochar charmaster on the saw

Do you want to be a Charmaster ?

Charmaster, The master of Biochar and how do you become one. This post will explain what Charmaster Dolph Cooke has taken five years to develop so you may quickly skip the mistakes and learn the core needed to form the planetary help party.

Charmaster is a word like no other.

“Charmaster” denotes a master craftsmen. One who has a deep understanding of all things related to Char. From this base your skills will quickly develop every time you are involved in Char. Biochar means char for the soil directly. Char means all things charcoal that are not for the soil directly. A very simple but often times mixed up concept. A charmaster is someone identical or a kin to the master craftsmen of days gone by.

Biochar charmaster on the saw

Mastering the use of a Sawmill.

A person who’s passion for excellence exceeds there need for glory. Basically your a doer and not a talker / reader / Debater / Internet researcher / Impostor.

To know a thing is to have intimate knowledge of all the interactions this thing has and does. This my friends only comes from doing it.

So I have developed a course of action to inspire and to enlighten the budding Charmaster in you. Together with Dr Paul Wildman we have created a Biochar action Learning Circle. We call BALC for short. This system is far superior than any learning method I have ever used.

Here is a link to our Community education system BALC.

Here is a link to our Full immersion one day training. This training is for the ones who can not imagine what a Grass roots Biochar Industry might be like. It also further educates you in the deep ecology of Biochar.


Charmaster Dolph Instructs and makes sure you comprehend Biochar

Steps to becoming a Charmaster.

1. Apply for the course.

2. Apply for Full immersion Biochar Training.

3. Physically demonstrate 20 Burns in 5 different technologies.

4. Create your Masterpiece. A new kind of grass roots biochar technology.

5.  Present your written work around the Biochar concept that excites you the most.

6. Demonstrate to the Charmaster why you are ready to be a Master as well.

Easy, so whats stopping you. Please make comments at the end of this post about you starting. I will take it from there.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke.


Charmaster Dolph Cooke Creator of the Stumpy

Biochar Tlud called Stumpy Australian biochar project kunghur

Biochar Tlud called Stumpy from Australia.

Last week I went to the Labrador men’s shed to help work out the finishing tweaks for a project I started last year. I have decided to call her “Stumpy” the tlud.

Biochar Tlud Stumpy

Biochar Expert team from Labrador Men shed

What’s so special about Biochar Tlud stumpy you ask ?

She is special on several levels. Firstly she is build from unusable LP Gas containers. In our country (Australia) these containers have a life span of 10 years then they have to be retested. However it costs more to retest it than it does to buy a new one so guess what? Cha ching you guessed it throw away society / Landfill.

LPG gas bottles from Australia being thrown out

Begining of Biochar Tlud stumpy

Secondly they are built by the men of the men shed who are retired and probably all have to be retested as well 😛 And have a guess what?

Yep you got it its cheaper to get children to do the work we have left in Australia than it is to retrain these men. No where on earth though will you find artisan-ship like this we are talking old school pride – Australian Made.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke Creator of the Stumpy

Thirdly Biochar Tlud Stumpy is destined to help out in unlucky countries where the folks there still have to cook on wood or charcoal. She has several levels of benefits to offer. Small children will not get burned / Smokeless operation saves the cook from lung cancer or worse / By-products at the end of the burn are useful to help the environment / efficient design ensures less wood waste.

Fourthly Biochar Tlud Stumpy is open source so you can make her yourself or help out with our goals to bring enough of them to unlucky countries.

Seting fire to the biochar tlud stumpies

Fifthly Biochar Tlud Stumpy is modular. Yeah Yeah now you get it.

She is a real Man Tool. Although I have no photos of the addons I will run them off here to re ignite your imaginations.

They are off and racing biochar tlud stumpyADDONS.

1. A batch retort for bigger wood exactly like the Jolly Roger Ovens
2. A BBQ plate
(Yeah man have a look at the photos of us cooking dinner on her boiled our soup in less than 5 mins)

Makeshift cooker charmaster and friends

Biochar stumpy in action

Note the Stubbie in the air inlet to help control the flame

3. A smoker box to make the fresh eels taste oh so delicate.
4. A Bash Box (Biochar & Site heat) To heat your water / chill your beers etc.
5. Condenser to make Oils, Tars, fuels and Smoke water.

6. Come on you biocharians get your brains ticking what else can we add on to this man tool from the old school.

testing the stumpies gold coast council members on hand

Anyway got a bit off track just then but we also did tests and had 2 representatives of the Gold Coast City Council who had more information thirst than a freshly biochared bamboo forest. Yeah they were asking all the curly ones lucky I was there HEY : )

biochar science

Exacting biochar Science hahahaha

Awesome day lots learnt took away with me 4 models and that weekend sold 2 of them at the local farmers market and took orders for more.

So now if we can make something as good as the stupmy on a budget of Nothing. Imagine what we can make together on a budget of $20 Grand.

YEP you heard me right I want to make a open source farm sized biochar reactor (I like that word) Test the ring out of it then give it away to the community. Anyone Interested in helping out ?

Charmaster Dolph Cooke
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