Charcoal Burn 2014

CharcoalAfter seeing the above photo you’ll be relieved to hear that Petts Wood is not under chemical weapon attack. That’s our Tuesday team unloading the charcoal kiln last earlier in the week.

We tend to do charcoal burns this time of year, making use of wood that isn’t up to saleable standard. Public demonstation always forms a part of our charcoal burns. We aim to produce around 60 bags of charcoal from our large kiln pictured above, although usually only achieve around 40, though we seem to be steadily improving. Making charcoal revolves around managing the amount of oxygen in the kiln so that the water, tar and other organic compounds are burnt off from the wood, leaving mainly carbon with some ash impurities. This burns at a higher temperature than wood alone with much less smoke. Historically this had uses in the smelting industry, though these days in the UK barbequing is the main use.

 

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Ranger Petts Wood & Hawkswood Estate
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