[permaculture] making charcoal cheaply at home?
mudguard at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 12:54:03 EST 2007
Any idea where to get one's hands on Rob Flanagan's biochar stove then?
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Rael Bassan wrote:
> Much richness in the terrapreta.bioenergylists.
> They have posts on charcoal-making and using it for mulch including:
> Robert Flanagan's Biochar Stove: Carbon Negative Cooking
> October 30, 2007
> [Didn't mention emissions, but gotta be better
> than current cooking processes...]
> ...a tabletop charcoal-maker, which also is a
> single-burner cookstove. Now, climate-conscious
> housewives can proudly have a carbon negative
> kitchen to capture carbon with every meal and pot
> of tea. A wide variety of fibrous organic
> matter—cornstalks, nut shells, bamboo, wood
> chips, straw—can be stacked in the box, then
> ignited at the burner. The stove can be reloaded
> with more fuel to use for cooking as long as
> needed. A recent demonstration of the stove with
> corncobs ran for 25 minutes and boiled 10 liters
> of water before charcoal remaining was taken out.
> Charcoal mulch worked better than clear polythene
> ...prairie grass establishment by direct sowing
> is possible in the south of England, especially
> when soil temperature is elevated by either
> charcoal or clear polythene mulching. Overall the
> charcoal treatment was most successful as this
> mulch also reduced weed cover early in the first half of the summer.
> Rael Bassan
> Chicago Coordinator
> 2007 Urban Ecovillage Gathering Committee
> 1020 W. Lawrence Ave. #1216
> Chicago, IL, USA, 60640-6535
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