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Our Misson here at Biocharproject.org is about teaching people how to create, understand and use Bio Char to enhance the land they are custodians of right now and into the future. Lowest cost , Easiest to understand, Friendliest to use. Enjoy Tutorial.

One day biochar will be part of your everyday life and you will wonder how you lived without it.

Dolph Cooke


1. Have 100 people or more using my biochar “Beginers model” by the end of 2010. Needs revision or resetting based on emmissions.

2. Have 20 people or more using my Biochar “Beginers model mkII” by the end of 2010. Needs revision or resetting based on emmissions.

3. Have made and used at least one “Adam retort ” Masonary biochar unit. Goal Completed

4. Have made and used at least one mobile ” Adam Retort ” biochar unit.

5. Explained how biochar works and how to make your own unit to at least 1000 people. Goal Completed

Goals in “Italics” mean they have not been reached as yet.

If you can help me reach these goals please look at the Contribution page.



Begginer char mk1 with a load of char in it

Beginner Char Mk I

This is a picture of my Begginer Char MK1

Begginer Char MK1 on the roast

Beginner Char Mk II

The Wombat

Adam Retort and Mobile Adam Retort

A Mobile adam retort by New England biochar


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  • mike October 31, 2010, 8:17 am

    I love your site and approach to biochar – great that there are people like you out there spreading the word.

    I’m interested to know if you have had any joy making biochar directly in the air. I’ve experimented both with burns contained in drums and then with collecting the embers from and open fire (I quench my biochar in water). The open fire pit approach lets me make much more, much faster than barrel methods but I haven’t been able to get any kind of yield calculation (adding water messes everything up!)

    I was thinking comparing your drum method with my open air approach, but using equal amounts of fuel in each – you could then quench both with water and compare yields by volume, or by weight after drying them again.

  • admin October 31, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Your Idea of using exact same quantities is spot on I think it will tell you a lot. I have not had experience with open air char. I love fires and hate putting them out Hahahah Im a pyro what can I say. I hope everyone can learn some form of biochar weather from the internet or from me. It really is a marvelous thing to do and what it can do still amazes me its like when I first learnt about all the things vinegar can do. Hope you enjoyed my movies I try and make them fun but I have to remember young pyros might be watching and I don’t want to set a bad example. BFA is my new project biochar for all. Thanks for your positive response and feel free to email me if you would like to exchange ideas. Charmaster Dolph

  • gus March 3, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Great site with great info! I just heard about biochar this evening and I am very interested in making it. I have a 4.5 acre field that seems to be all clay and I would like to incorporate biochar and other organic materials into the clay in order to build up the soil. I have access to tons (literally) of northern white cedar scraps and shavings. Can I use this for making biochar? I have never considered using the cedar for anything in the past because of how long in takes to decompose, but if I can use it, it would make me very happy.

  • admin March 3, 2011, 5:30 pm

    Hello Gus,

    Yes you can make awesome inroads to soil health with you biocharing the cedar. Anything that was once living can be biochared.
    a few rules are. 1. pack the retort or drum or pit whatever your using so air can circulate around it. So if you were going to biochar sawdust you would need to put wood off cuts in to mix so it would not take as long to char properly. look at my videos I have experimented in many ways and made them easy to make yourself for free. Biochar projects fun for the whole family.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment I wish you excellence in your new career (Charmaster)

    Dolph Cooke

  • michael ramirez December 2, 2011, 12:58 pm

    good day sir, Im from philippines , now iam making charcoal out of coco shell and husk, using drum method out of several times using my drum its running out, so when I saw your retort kiln i said thats the answer to my question, Im requesting if you can help me sending the design(drawing and measurement and component of kiln) of your retort kiln.
    Im hoping you can help, thank you very much

    Yours trly
    Michael Ramirez

  • Charmaster December 4, 2011, 8:41 am

    Hello Michael,
    As I like to say to everyone working with biochar Excellent work mate. However a lot of people ask me for the plans but I never hear back from then once they know that Chris adam wants money for the plans. So if you are really serious about biochar please send me your details with a good story about your project and a few good photos and I will feature you on the biochar project website. From there many people will see what you are doing and how you are trying to use biochar. This is where the magic starts someone might even sponsor your project and get you your very own set of plans from Chris so you can keep doing biochar in a more sustainable way. So lets see some details Michael and let the magic happen. Send to dolph@biocharproject.org

  • anthony April 24, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Greetings from Indonesia!! I accidentally came across your facebook page which then I googled you retort which I find very interesting. for your information, I am located at West Borneo in Indonesia, and currently all of us (industries and farmers) are using traditional method to produce charcoal which we all understand that it is very environmentally hazardous and not efficient. It would be really helpful if you can share to us your Adam Retort design technique to also improve the life quality of the people in this part of the world. many thanks and sorry for the bad english.

  • Mac Maness July 24, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Sabaidee from Lao, P.D.R.!!! I am reviewing (very closely) the great plans we have just received for the Adam-retort. I have started an ecovillage (www.ecovillagelao.com) about 70km north of Vientiane and will be beginning construction this week if we can find a non-rain day. We have been experimenting with biochar in our farming projects. We make clay water filters for Abundant Water (www.abundantwater.org) and use charred rice husks for the burn out material and recycle the char from the filter project to the agriculture side of our endeavor. There are 2 charcoal makers using sawmill cutoffs for biomass and covering the wood with rice husks. The burn takes several days and we smell the emissions constantly so we have decided to build a retort to be offered as a community retort for our village. We will be using the license from Lao Institute for Renewable Energy and reporting all of our work with pics and narrative to them. I will be glad to copy you as well if you are interested in our efforts. We will also welcome visits from anyone interested in the process and wants to build their own.
    As a note to those who stop their projects because of the costs of the manual and help from you…. the instructions and drawings are well worth the price and will save considerable time and expense to “recreate the wheel”. We will be construction a single chamber model initially but will be very interested in building larger versions as your research becomes deeper for them. Thanks for your time, efforts and passion for re-developing this ancient technology. Mac Maness

  • Charmaster July 24, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Awesome stuff yes copy me on the pictures and story and I will set you up with a World Biochar Project website as well.

    Good on you

    Charmaster Dolph

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