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    Default Homemade Charcoal

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    Cool. Good thing to know!

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    Cool!

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    Good lesson, cool thread!

    I used to know a guy that was a charcoal making fool, including the more difficult real hard type binchotan charcoal that keeps it's heat longer, before turning to ash. It's the stuff that the yakitori restaurants use. He had a way of making regular charcoal where he used a barrel buried in the ground, but I've forgotten the explanation. I'm wondering though, what would be the results if you had the inner barrel set in upright with a lid on it, and built the fire on top of that? Maybe that was the method I was told once, being done in the ground? Do you think it would work similar to your way of doing it?

    There used to be charcoal kilns all about in the hills in these parts, you still run across them. Warmth in residences created by people sitting with their legs put under charcoal brazier tables covered with a heavy blanket. The burner is on the underside and puts out a nice cozy heat that is adjustable with the air intake. Just add to it during the day. We still use one, generally women get to be experts at it, keep it going all of the time, but now buy large bags of special briquettes that are safer to use. Cheap Chinese imports killed the charcoal making trade in this country. Electric heating tables have become far more common as well, a flip of a switch for on and off, but the heat isn't nearly as nice as the charcoal ones. Charcoal sure is useful stuff, an essential commodity in the old days.
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    Neat. I like the concept of using the crap wood that would otherwise be dumped.
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    Treemugs did you see my ideas thread? Trying to figure a way to make this work on a huge scale.....
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    Good use of something not so useful. Like the chicken-go-round too...
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    thats awesome. thanks! lots of wood and energy goes into making a bag of charcoal. How is your project coming along Paul? have you tried on the small scale like this? does the type of wood you use come with different qualities? oak vs hickory vs. soft maple etc.

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    What is the charcoal used for?
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