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all the folks at biochar action learning circle

biochar action learning circle – Update from Charmaster

biochar action learning circle – Update.

Well the 1st biochar action learning circle is now complete and I find myself reflecting on what has transpired during these six sessions over the last three month’s.

My initial thoughts and feelings are. What a great Idea mixing technological innovation with social innovation. I am aware that social innovation is 1 million times slower than technological innovation.

all the folks at biochar action learning circle

all the folks at biochar action learning circle

In this case, in these circumstances, even in these times and this area it was the right thing to do. It is a really good feeling when you have been working on something for so long, keeping the faith through thick and thin, not really knowing what the end destination will be and to have it blossom into such an extraordinary and use full system to help humanity is just such a wonderful feeling.

Really the biochar action learning circle is a perfect blend of new and old school.

Hey and its not only Charmaster Dolph Cooke that thinks this way . Look what the folks of the United Nations Millennium Project must feel by selecting our project to be the winner of this prestigious award. Another world first, Another new paradigm project.

I wish to thank everyone who attended the very first biochar action learning circle you are now going to be recorded as pioneers of this system. Thank You for the feedback thank you for the millions of interactions throughout this time both with Paul, Gillian and myself and each other. To say something about this process in one word it would have to be – ORGANIC.

Biochar Action Learning Circle

List of champions in no particular order. Nev,Pixie, Scott, Chris, Myles, Jeff, Annettea, Mik and later Wolfgang. All of you have taken this system and molded it in your own unique ways and shown me that this system is flexible enough for the complexities of all people from all walks of life.

The biggest challenge I saw was trying to undue the damage from the closed and bondage system of education that has been spoon fed into everyone in Australia. Once we cut through some of the closed minded brainwashed techniques that had been used our champions sawed to greater heights as evident in the projects they have completed.

biochar action learning circle 2

biochar action learning circle 2

Where do I think this is going? New paradigm that’s where. I believe in a world where people can use all the faculties bestowed upon them. These people using their own judgment can easily see whats needed for the biggest problems our kind face. This is where the real excitement lays.

Of course there will be much twinking of the system and many more concepts to consider for the next one. This to me is deeply exciting. What did I gain from this that I consider the most important? Friends many new dear close friends who just so happen to have BIOCHAR as something in common.

Now you could not wish for anything more than that.

See you at the 2nd Biochar Action Learning Circle

Charmaster Dolph Cooke



The begginer char MK I cooled after a night in the rain BLISS

Another great load of Char: Charmasters Log

Today is a wonderful day. At last the rain has stopped and the sun is shining brightly I am happy and content as I make my way down to the front paddock where my latest barrel of Bio-char is awaiting my inspection.

The begginer char MK I cooled after a night in the rain BLISS The beginner char Mk I has been sitting in the rain for the last 2 days so she is well and truly cool now. I noticed that the fire I had constructed under her had burnt very evenly so I was expecting a great result.

You can always tell if this model has done its job properly for when you lift it up it will be much lighter than when you laid it down.

In this picture you can see the three parts to the Beginner Char Mk I A. the Lid B. The Ring and C. the barrel. This barrel has done 3 burns and the ring and lid has done 17 burns.  Burns = Loads.

This is looking inside the beginner char MkI after it has cooled and you can see the charcoal inside about 1/3 of a drum

So how was the Char in a word SWEEEEET. Hahah I love pyrolyzing things.

Lets get a better look at the char

Hows my Formatting style SWEET or WHAT ?


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.

biocharproject history burn of a beginner char mk1

History of biocharproject.org

Biocharproject history

This site is a direct result of the passionate teaching of my mentor the late Geoff Moxham. He imparted to me two valuable attributes one was “be passionate about it” the other was “Suck it and see” To see what legacy he has left to the biochar world please visit his site which is being maintained by donations.


My niche is empowerment. I will relentlessly pursue the adoption of biochar for the good of all mankind.

Dolph Cooke

Update over 1 year has past now and if you quickly look over my site you will see I have had some biocharproject fun. I never dremt that I would one day be involved in createing a biochar industry or I would be instramental in developing a new learning concept. Time has flown and I just keep getting more passionate about biochar. Lets see where all this leads will update again in another year. History