The gift of biochar…

ignition

ignition

what do you ask for for mother’s day..?  me,  i wanted to make..,, biochar !!  and then along came some helpers.  we spent a beautiful day in the mountains sunday collecting all the kinds of wood usually not used in a wood stove, or camp fire, adding all our finds up to put into our first attempt at making biochar, and ancient bolivian additive to the earth making common soil super soil, 8 times more growing power is the word up.  we really dismantled two piles of little sticks and brush to be the fuel for burning the donut ring made around an inner drum also filled with wood, only made so no oxygen can get to that wood, only the heat of the ring of fire around it.  first we thought we should keep the fire slow, but mike,  on the right had a laser temperature gauge, and we could tell we needed to crank that sucker up to high fire, needing to reach temps of 800 degrees and keep it there for a few hours.  we had packed the ignition part with good dry locust limb junks and twig chunks.  after we got the fire really roaring by giving it plenty of bottom draft and a good straight smoke stack,, we reached temperatures over 1000 degrees, so yeeha  we got it.. the next day, monday the box was still to hot to touch,, and today the rains and john was not home to help tip over the fire box to discover what went on inside,, the big look see is still a day away.  lots of fun.  most of the fire and the burn was after dark.. the whole steel kiln started to glow in the night,, so cool..  and it was a cool night.. you could only get about 3 feet from the drum.. and stay nice and toasty..

-dORY

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