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The split wood pile before

Farm scale biochar. Taking on farm biochar making to a new level.

Farm scale biochar ? How about low tech farm scale biochar ? Better still low cost low tech easy to use farm scale biochar ?

The Moxham farm scale biochar maker

Well folks you read it here first. Biochar Industries charmaster Dolph Cooke has created yet another low cost low tech farm scaled setup and here is a pictorial to ease you into your own biochar adventure.

Loading the Moxham biochar maker

Biochar Industries was initially setup to create benchmarks of sustainability in this new and exciting industry that is emerging. However I have come to realise something that my mentor used to preach.  Biochar for everyone for free now that’s a tall order.

Showing the Menshed Men Biochar

Biochar has been referred to as a mitigating factor in climate change, It has also been hailed as a miracle soil amendment now that its becoming a household word greedy folks want to get rich off of it and this is just driving the price out of the reach for most farmers. Here is where we step in –

Telling the Menshed men Biochar secrets for farm scale biochar

Farm scale biochar low cost low tech.

I have called this simple method “The Moxham” after my late mentor Geoff Moxham who set my soul ablaze with Biochar in 2009 at the castle on the hill UKI Australia.

Half Full and blazing- the moxham by Biochar Industries

Lets look at the pictures and match a commentary to the captions. Right at the top of the page we have photo 1. Simple low tech and relatively affordable the “Moxham” a carbon steel pipe.
20mm thick a diameter of 190 centermeters and standing on its end a height of 165cm.

Price $800.00 delivered from Brisbane.

Picture 2 Many friends make light work. The men of the menshed rally around to help me fill the “Moxham” Farm scale biochar unit. Its fun as well as beneficial to those with a heavy heart.

The gap between the earth and the Moxham

Picture Number 3
Break time a technique we use to allow the fire to fully engulf the loaded wood and rise-up and burn all escaping volatiles. We also use it to eat drink and be merry.

Picture 4
Charmaster Dolph imparting trade secrets to wise old school men of the menshed.

SMoke declares the Moxham is choking so we stopped adding wood

Picture 5.
Half full and blazing with some extra long wood on top to be burnt in half and put in shows the versatility of the farm scale biochar unit.

Picture 6.
A shot of the “Moxham” meeting the earth this has to be smothered with sand during the close down stage.

Smokeless opperation of the Moxham-

Picture 7.
Show what happens when you overload the unit with wood. Smoke everyone soon notices they have over done it. Charmaster Dolph then used advanced fire techniques to quickly remove excess smoke and make the fire roar clean again within minutes.

Picture 8.
This is how we roll Smokeless High temp big flames the awesomeness of nature.

Night time bonfire pleasure with the moxham-

Picture 9.
Above the Moxham biochar farm scale unit was lit at 11am and extinguished at 11pm.
During the night it was so pleasant to be able to watch the flames and ponder our existence.

Picture 10.
This is how we know exactly how much wood to put into the “Moxham”  easy effective and low cost. Simplicity at its best.

 

The split wood pile before

Another awesome day in Biochar paradise.

 

I wish you all the best over the holiday period. Drop in I will be working my little cake off.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke

 

biochar kiln adam retort holly cow pat

biochar kiln report at biochar industries. Kunghur NSW

Biochar kiln report is a continuation from this story. So if your new to this website read it first to give you some background.

Once upon a time their was a charmaster who liked to experiment with fire. He found himself settled in an idyllic situation where he could work with fire and create biochar. One day however things went pear shaped.

yesterday we ignited the Adam retort biochar kiln and took some temperature samples below is a table showing how it was going.

TimePlugChimney 2Chimney 1Lidfirebox
4.5339.119.755.612
4.5831.51862.67.6
5.0341.61870.1775
5.0937.221.479.610.484.7
5.1642.6207810.583.6
5.2258.123.28025.178.8
5.2868.222.185.318.591.5
5.356521772387
5.4274.41897.917.591.3
5.5085.719.2105.222.593

Well the trouble began when the First shift went for dinner. The second shift started getting false readings from the IR temp scanner and by the time the first shift came back the scanner was no longer being coherent.

Aha it was a flat battery oh well we will seal up the

Adam Retort biochar kiln

and try again tomorrow no biggie. So we set about putting out the fire and sealing the firebox then we sealed each chimney and went of to bed.

biochar kiln adam retort holly cow pat

biochar kiln adam retort look at the lid holly cow pat

The next morning I awoke in horror to the sound of “Holy Cow Pats” look at the kiln lid it is WRONG. I ran down to see what was going on and nearly fell over.

The kiln had ignited all by itself sometime during the night and the intense heat had bent the lid open so it could continue to operate as a big pit fire. Holy cow pats batman.

So the team was assembled and we went to work on battening down the hatches and trying to work out what had went wrong.

biochar kiln battening down the hatches

biochar kiln battening down the hatches

Check out these pictures of the Adams retort biochar kiln blowing its lid fellow scientists and send me your thoughts or comment on this post and together we can work out a fix.

Bending the lid

Bending the lid

I will continue this report on the adam retort biochar kiln in the next post as I like to keep them short and sweet so I don’t loose your attention.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke

 

 

biochar natures balls nature shows what to do with biochar

Nature knows what to do with biochar instinctively. At Biochar Industries

Wow I just had an amazing insight into natures instincts regarding biochar. A few nights ago I ran the johnny roger 44 gallon biochar Tlud see previous post. I emptied out the char just on the outside slab of the Biochar Industries HQ in Kunghur then I had to make a trip to town for an import meeting.

When I got home last night I went straight to bed as it was late and I could do nothing biochar so I figured I would get a good sleep. In the morning I found this insight into natures instincs towards Biochar.

biochar natures balls nature shows what to do with biochar

biochar natures balls nature shows what to do with biochar

Nature in the form of our wild cows found this nice pile of biochar and said this charmaster has forgotten to condition the biochar. I think I will remind him.

Hahahahaha No where on earth can you find this kind of scientific observation and comentary thankyou biocharproject.org and biocharindustries.com for being open minded enough not to miss the point.

Funny Shit

 

Charmaster Dolph

The johnny rogers biochar gasifier alight at biochar industries

Biochar gasifier project results from first firing.

Here is the latest info on the Biochar gasifier I found on YouTube the one that John Rogers created. Read previous post on this subject here.

Firstly it cost $6.00 to build and approximately 2 hours.

a biochar gasifier made from old 44 drums with charmaster Dolph and wombat from Biochar Industries

Hey she aint pretty but she is REUSED. Wombat says Hi.

Next I loaded her up with wood chips which were 4 different kinds of hardwood gumtrees. Then I waited until we all finished Easter dinner before lighting her up in the dark. I can still smell the biochar cooking.

The johnny rogers biochar gasifier alight at biochar industries

Roaring now Biochar incoming, Check out the even burn line.

She got off to a great start but then the chips were too wet and she slowed down somewhat. I was expecting a 1hour 30 min  burn time but it took all night to smoulder away.

The payload of biochar from this project.

The pay load somewhat more than the beginner char mk1

Sweet Easter Dreams my Char Babies

Charmaster Dolph Cooke