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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
The host with the most : )

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