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fun at biochar project

Fun things to do whilst you wait for a biochar project.

August the 1st was D-Day for the Biochar Project / Biochar Industries commercial Adam retort first real firing. If you have been following our progress you will know all about the problems we have had to surmount and the perceived pressure it has created.

 Biochar Project

picture of a really bent kiln lid

Trials and tribulations

So what do the folks at Biochar Industries do on the day before D-Day?


It all started with the uneventful erection of the shed.

No shed today

No shed today

We are not often beat on projects but this time our equippment and our ingenuity could not resolve the issue.

How to lift a 3 ton telegraph pole 5 meters in the air with a tractor that can reach only 4 meters. Believe me the thought of chainsawing the logs down to 4 meters crossed my mind.

So after several attempts we settled for a Tarp :)

Quittin Time !!! Lets do something fun as tomorrow is going to be WORK Work work.

fun at biochar project

fun at biochar project

Lets make a Biochar Guardian and we will call him Jack. Lets look around in true biochar project fashion and reuse whatever we can.

Pumpkin wow what a nice pumpkin who wants to make a head?

From out of the shed comes “I have found a body…”

Someone else says “I have the stuffing”. Here are old boots lets get to work and create Jack o Char… The Scare Crow.

So we told jokes and made Jack because the day was to splendid to waste. Its not often we can just chill out and get creative but I really loved the whole experience.

Here’s to a full crop of vegetables this year. Oh and one really important lesson we learnt from our mate Jack was “You have to slow down and smell the roses” Live is the journey not the destination.

Some words of wisdom from Charmaster Dolph “Biochar is not Terra Pretta”.

Biochar production started today at Kunghur

Biochar production as promised 1st August 2011. Adam retort.

Biochar production started today at Kunghur

Biochar production started today at Kunghur

Biochar production

started today on schedule (just like I told everyone). If you have not guessed as yet here is a quick rundown.

1. We are removing the dead fallen trees and the left behind stumps from the 1960’s sawmilling hey days

2. We are removing weeds and the thinnings from plantation forests.

3. We are turning the lot into biochar through biochar production.

4. We are creating an education centre

5. We are creating a Sustainable Biochar Industry Pilot.

6. We are doing  all sorts of scientific trials and plots

7. We are creating sustainable living systems.

Here are the photos to give you a feel for what we are doing. Lots of Photos so enjoy. Biochar production now a reality in Kunghur.

Started to do some results until the batteries went flat in the IR scanner so we called it a night. Results will be added next post.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke


New Technology have a look at this folks. Biochar Industries

Wow the rain is so good it has allowed me time to surf the Internet and find some fantastic new technology for biochar production.

Have a look at this website It is Biochar.info and it features a shiny biochar kiln / biochar reactor. I do like the word REACTOR it makes me feel high tech.

So what do you think of that ? I have requested some info on it and perhaps it may become part of what I am doing here in Biochar Industries Kunghur.

Charmaster Dolph


Biochar Industries is Go… Thanks to the Thunderbirds.

Today is the day Biochar Industries headquarters has come online. Yes the long awaited Internet where no other Internet can access has been installed and right now I am multitasking – Writing a post whilst talking to our metal engineer on Skype about plans for a new Biochar Kiln.

Here is a picture of our new Internet thingy majiggi.

a picture of a Internet thingy

Our access to the world from deep within the forest. Biochar Industries Kunghur

So now I am on the subject of acquisitions I want to show you a picture of our next project. This one I call “taking shit from the government.” Now I know the heading seems a little extreme but really it is just good old fashioned Aussie humor from times before politically correctness was born.

Here is the story for those of you who do not hang on every word I write 😛 .

One of our core team members emailed me and said hey look the local government is giving away your choice of Compost , Cow poo or locally produced compost brew. In actual fact they gave away much more read more here . I went and jumped through the hoops as you do with government sponsored events and chose to receive COW POO.

So If I make it through the selection criteria I may just be “taking shit from the Government” Boom.. Boom..

The initial amount was twenty tons of cow poo but many more people wanted in so perhaps we might get lucky in either case this next photo is my “Taking shit from the government” storage area that I just completed.

a picture of Biochar Industries Poo holding yard.

If your going to be taking shit from the Government you need somewhere to store it : )

Also I must of been feeling really invigorated as the sun has been shining all day and many aspects are starting to fall into place as the dreaded mercury retrograde takes effect. So I hoped on the tractor and rounded up some dead trees and used the back plane device to level out an area for the new poo Penn.

Oh yeah talk about a very productive day and its only 3.54pm I also made a load of chips to start drying so one day I can feed them to the Bigchar prototype 1000. Poor bugger is really hungry it has been raining a lot this year and not much can be done in weather like that.

So for Char-masters Stan, James and Chris here is another load of wood chips for you to drooowl over : P

a trailer full of wood chips

old faithful carrying another load of wood chips to be dried.

And last but not least the next photo is a mini trial that Gillian dreamt up whilst the jeep was sliding around the forest on boggy clay roads.

She calls this the “How good would this be if it works trial”. Basically all the tracks to Biochar Industries are made from mother earth and being a high clay content once they get inundated they become very slippery indeed.

So we are placing a small quantity of charcoal into the mud tracks to see what kind of effect it would have on the earth.

Knowing all the traits biochar has we are optimistic that this may solve some of our road problems whilst sequestering carbon.

Well I am going to hang up the Blogging pen right now and go out into the beautiful forest for some communing with nature before I load up a barrel of wood for tonight’s open fire Biochar burn that has become a focal point of Biochar Industries Kunghur educational centre. Sweet dreams Charians

a picture of mud tracks with biochar mixed in part of Biochar Industries Trials

a picture of mud tracks with biochar mixed in part of Biochar Industries Trials

Charmaster Dolph

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