11 Hours Ago
Yeah, cooking is the only thing that I use it for. I have this amazing tripod that I have been using for years for cooking outside, so much better than a BBQ. I had been just making a big fire, waiting for it to burn down, and then moving coals over for cooking. But this process takes a long time. So I researched making charcoal and this is what I settled on. With charcoal, I can have good hot coals ready for cooking in about 20 minutes, I love it. As far as methods, there are lots of different ones out there. I watched a lot of Youtube videos to figure out how to get it done. This method made the most sense to me so that's why I tried it. I had to play around with burn times to get the "minimum effective dose" that would produce charcoal without over-burning it. Sugar Maple definitely produces the best quality.
Rich, I like the idea of laying down a plate of steel and having a bonfire around it. It would take a good fire, the big barrel definitely holds the heat in around the small barrel. It's worth a shot. I don't have a good thick steel plate or I might try it myself. You would really have to tend the fire and keep it stacked up around the barrel.
Paul, that sounds like an interesting idea. I thought the environmentalists frowned upon burning wood for the same reason they want me to believe that cow farts are a source of pollution? What would you use the biochar for?