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OFFSET YOUR ELECTRICTY GHG EMISSIONS WITH BIOCHAR

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Where a household seeks to offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its electricity consumption on a weekly basis the production and capture of biochar can be used to offset the emissions associated with the generation of that power. A typical 2 person household consuming 156 kWhr of electricity per week only needs to make […]

CAN DIRT SAVE THE EARTH?

Friday, April 27th, 2018

CAN DIRT SAVE THE EARTH? Letter from Tom Miles, Chairman, International Biochar Initiative, 24 April 2018 Much of the discussion on these forums assumes that more biochar is better, that high concentrations of biochar must be applied to get results. But often it is more effective to use less biochar in combination with the usual […]

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