Understanding Charcoal and Biochar

charcoal_poster_540w2nd, 3rd & 7th March – Two full days and one half day: this course is practically based and involves producing a batch of charcoal using a ring kiln.

The £90 full course fee is part subsidised, so this is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge of the whole charcoal making process.

Day one: Theory behind charcoal making, including examples of different types of charcoal production. Preparing and filling the kiln, ready for an overnight burn – with an option to stay on site in rudimentary accommodation. The course sessions will be based in a woodland near Abermiwl, Powys.

Day two: Complete the burn, look at different burning techniques, including oil drum. Biochar workshop, wood gassification and biochar production on small scale. Making a biochar cooker.

Day three: Emptying the kiln, grading and analyzing the resulting charcoal – participants will be able to take away charcoal for themselves.

Who is course for?

  • Small holders and farmers
  • Forest school leaders
  • Permaculture enthusiasts
  • Woodland managers
  • And anyone with a practical interest in the subject area

What does it include?

  • Basic overnight accommodation in static caravan (optional)
  • Daytime shelter (bring warm and waterproof clothing)
  • Refreshments, bring lunch items to share, there will be a cooking fire and pots.
  • Make and keep charcoal to take home.
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I lead on the Cwm Harry Skills and training enterprise, am a qualified teacher and permaculture design tutor and garden designer and project consultant. I write several blogs and am an avid networker and communicator on the subjects of sustainability, transition and co-operatives. I have written an occasional column for Channel4/green and have worked for Channel 4 on their 'Dumped' seriesworked as well as for BBC Wales as a green advisor on their Changing Lives- Going Green series, Nov-Dec 2009. I have been working in sustainable development, on project management and development, teaching, growing and small business development all my life really. I also grew up living and working on farms and have a broad experience working in Britain and Canada and Zimbabwe on sustainable agriculture, grass roots permaculture projects, micro business development and housing and worker co-ops. I have been based in Wales since 1994 and currently live in the Welsh borders.