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FIRST TRIAL OF MY KONTIKI KILN

Friday, June 9th, 2017

The first trial of my new Maccy-Kontiki Kiln took place last week and I can report that it was most successful. It was a sunny still day but cold. I started a small fire with paper and twigs and a firelighter in the bottom of the kiln which burned rapidly with some initial smoke. I [...]

FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE IBI

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Date: 3 Feb 2017. FROM: Tom Miles, The Chairman, International Biochar Initiative Compost & Biochar: There are now several biochar amended compost products in retail garden stores. Biochar has been added to compost for filtration and growing media. Research continues to improve ways in which biochar can help compost, especially for water retention and odor [...]

NEW FLAME CARBONISER GOOD FOR TREE LITTER

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A new type of flame carboniser is being developed by the Warm Heart organisation that is shaping up to be an ideal approach for making biochar from tree litter. It does need to be tended (or stoked) to add new layers and prevent smoking but the trough shape makes it very suitable for longish branches [...]

TREE LITTER TO BIOCHAR

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Now that the EPA has introduced its new air quality regulations the need for a safe and cheap alternative to burning tree litter is imperative. The answer has been staring us in the face for some years. Gasifier type biochar kilns can be used by households and home gardeners to cook their garden waste at [...]

MAKING BIOCHAR – With Technical Manual

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

South Australian on-line publisher Strong & Bold Publishing has released a new publication entitled “Making Biochar – With Technical Manual” written by ‘Yours Truly’. This book is based on the experience gained from 5 years of developing and trialling 3 different styles of biochar kilns. It may be unique in that it includes detailed fabrication [...]

SUBSTANCE COMBATS GLOBAL WARMING

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The South Australian WEEKENDER HERALD NEWS recently printed an article entitled “SUBSTANCE COMBATS GLOBAL WARMING” featuring a photo of “yours truly” holding some biochar. This excellent article crafted by journalist Lucy Robinson kindly referred to my 5 years of biochar trials while managing local equipment manufacturer Flow Force Technologies; and recommended my new book “Making [...]

BIOCHAR UPDATE

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Hi out there! Sorry to have been away from the blog for so long. I have been busy developing two new types of biochar kiln. A brief summary follows: One is a gasifier kiln based on the principles of the “Troika” TLUD (Top Lit Up Draft) gasifier stove developed by Dr. Paul Anderson. I have [...]

IS ANYONE OUT THERE?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

I know there are a few people actually developing and trialling various types of carboniser here in South Australia. But they don’t get much coverage in the media these days. If you are either building, developing, trialling or buying either a batch or continuous carboniser feel free to send your details here with a bit of [...]

THE BIOCHAR REVOLUTION

Monday, May 14th, 2012

THE BIOCHAR REVOLUTION & COMMUNITY GARDENS   The author of The Biochar Revolution, Dr. Paul Taylor recently contacted me to discuss the Flow Force Technologies biochar kiln that we have been testing in the Adelaide Hills. He is interested in possibly using it in his community garden projects in northern NSW. He is currently using [...]

DRAFT SPECIFICATIONS FOR BIOCHAR

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

 DRAFT SPECIFICATIONS FOR BIOCHAR The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) recently released for public comment its draft guidelines for specifications of biochar. The guidelines cover terms and definitions; feedstock requirements; safety requirements; testing; product labelling etc. My initial comments on the guidelines are as follows: Definition of biochar: The definition is over simplified, viz: “A solid [...]