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biochar making 60L drum and paint can full of wood to turn into biochar

biochar making on a budget with charmaster dolph

Biochar Making with Charmaster Dolph

Biochar making on a budget. Welcome to my first episode : ) Right here is where you will learn some great ideas to help you get started making your own biochar.

Biochar making on a budget of $5

You will need –

1. An empty 205 litre drum ( I got for free)

2. An empty 60 litre drum ( I got for free)

3. An old paint tin with lid ( I got for free)

4. A packet of matches $0.50

5. Wood to biochar ( I got for free)

6. Wood to burn ( I got for free)

7. Cold chisel to cut lids of drums and punch ventilation holes around the 205 litre drum. $4.50

Lets get started I will let my pictures tell the Story.

biochar making 60L drum and paint can full of wood to turn into biochar
biochar making 60L drum and paint can full of wood to turn into biochar

Biochar is good for the soil. When a soil is well balanced then it is good for your food. When your food is well balanced it is good for you. When you are well balanced you are good for the earth. When the earth is well balanced then I am happy.

biochar making 60L inside 44 Gallon upsidedown biochar project

biochar making 60L drum upsidedown inside 205 litre drum biochar project

Next we need to fill her up with wood.

biochar making stacking 44 Gallon with wood

biochar making stacking 44 Gallon with wood

And fill her some more : ) after all we want the best biochar so we need to make the fire HOT.

 biochar making Stacking drum to burn from the top down

biochar making Stacking drum to burn from the top down

Now we can light her up : )

biochar making Safety first light her up

biochar making Safety first light her up

Lets look closer at the setup.

biochar making Closeup of primary air inlet

biochar making Closeup of primary air inlet

Let her cook until the fire goes out. Then you can upend the big drum and retrieve the little drum that is 1/4 full of biochar. Look the little paint can is lit up as well.

biochar making paint can gases lit up - making biochar

biochar making paint can gases lit up – making biochar

So now you have seen the photos I will run through the details with you. Cut lid off 205 litre drum then at the other end make holes around the bottom this will be our primary air to allow the fire to burn. Now cut lid of the 60 litre drum and fill it with wood that you want to biochar. Note if you pack it with fine wood saw dust it will take a long time to pyrolize the same as if you packed it with big lumps of wood so rule here is to fill it with various size wood. Open your paint tin fill it with wood put the lid on and punch a hole in the lid. Now lay the 205 litre drum on its side and do the same with the 60 litre drum then push the 60 inside the 205 then lift the 205 upright again. Stack around the 60 litre lots of wood to burn and then make a kindling stack at the top for easy lighting. Light her up and enjoy the attraction, warmth and experience.

Happy Biochar Making

Charmaster Dolph Cooke

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Wood Pile from UKI saw mill

Uki Saw Mill a Biocharians dream come true

UKI SAW MILL

Today a friend and I went on a MAN tour of our local sawmill. It was such a great place. Some of the fattest logs I have ever seen where getting cut in half by the biggest saw blade I had ever seen. This place is fantastic from more than one perspective. It is an old school mill where the men didn’t even need gloves their hands were so tuff. Big Man sheds and Bigger Man toys like a monster log pickeruperer but nothing bigger or better to this Biocharian than the waste wood pile that the boys said I can take as much wood as I can carry all day everyday what a complete dream.

Check out the photos….

Fat LogsWood Pile from UKI saw millSawdust

Things I learnt today Include.

A. The formula for spreading biochar 10 tonnes to the hectare breaks down to 1 kg per meter squared.

B. If you don’t ask you don’t get

C. There is more than just me out there interested in biochar.

D. The real price of Biochar

Dolph Cooke
Charmaster

Bio char Black Gold Texas Tea

Charmasters Log Stardate 2010.4

Today I learnt a new trick with my begginer char Mk1.
A formula that will guide everyone and all users need to be aware of.

The capacity of the vessel and the level of the stacking of the biostock directly dictates the size of the pit fire.

To make things plain and simple todays discovery showed me that filling a drum to capacity is not neccesarily the most efficent way of getting more biochar per run. I had chocked a drum almost to capacity with hard wood and left it ontop of possibly the biggest pit fire I have made todate. When I arrived in the morning the fire was but a few coals and when I tried to remove the drum I found it much heavier than usual. I opened it up and found it was 1/2 done. I rebuilt the pit fire and added the drum for another 8 hour burn.

So although I got around about 100% more char this time it took me 2 days to burn it right.
It took me probably 5 times as long to fill the drum as ussual as well.