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LETTER FROM CHAIRMAN, IBI

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Extract from a letter from Tom Miles, Chairman, International Biochar Initiative, 7 July 2017. Sustainable agriculture and soil fertility have been central to the terra preta/agrichar/biochar development since the beginning of the current development efforts (2003-2017). Carbon sequestration was much touted as a potential source of funding for biochar production and use but never the [...]

MACCY-KONTIKI KILN WORKED WELL TODAY

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

On 30 June I finally used my new Maccy-Kontiki kiln to make biochar from my tree litter down in the meadow. The following observations may be of interest: 1. Overnight rain had wetted the wood but the day was sunny and mild with only a slight breeze. So I did not bother with any wind [...]

MACCY-KON-TIKI CHARCOAL MAKER

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Introduction: The Kon-Tiki charcoal maker is a relatively new design of charcoal maker currently being adopted widely by the biochar fraternity. It is effectively an above ground open fire pit. The main advantages are simplicity of design, tolerance to shape and size of feedstock, and char volume potentially as large as the container volume itself. [...]

BIOCHAR FROM MACCLESFIELD

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Back when blacksmiths were still in business there were charcoal makers in and around Macclesfield who used the abundant timber resources of the area to make charcoal for the blacksmiths in the town and beyond. A local landmark by the name of Retort Hill is said to be the site of a charcoal making operation [...]

DIY BIOCHAR KILN – WORKING BEE

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

REPORT OF WORKING BEE carried out on 17 June 2016 at Blewitt Springs, South Australia. PRESENT: Gareth Carrel: Vigneron Greg Marlu: Biochar producer Matt Quinn: Compost producer Brian Lewis: Biochar blogger PURPOSE OF WORKING BEE: To build 3 biochar production kilns based on Greg Marlu’s adaptation of a top lit updraft gasifier kiln. This kiln [...]

ANALYSING BIOCHAR

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Refer attachment to view results of biochar analysis: Analysing Biochar _Wet & Dry_

FUTURE VISION

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

BIOCHAR PRODUCTION CENTRES in the Adelaide Hills and Country Regions will provide the following benefits: Future Vision – Biochar Production Centres_

MAKING BIOCHAR

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Test Results Summary

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

DON’T WASTE THAT FALLEN TREE! Whenever a tree falls down or is cut down the usual practice is to either burn the remains or convert it to wood chips for use as landscaping mulch. Unfortunately when this happens all the ‘work’ that the tree has done over its lifetime in capturing and storing carbon from [...]

BLACK IS THE NEW GREEN

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

BLACK IS THE NEW GREEN When it comes to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions the solar and wind technologies get a lot of coverage in the media. But the “greener” technology of carbon capture and storage is usually seen as only relevant to forestry and future large coal-fired power station CO2 capture and storage [...]