2008-12-04

Not drowning, waving

I'm still here and still fine. I'm engaging in a project to make my own backyard charcoal and that is currently taking up all my intellectual (and physical) energies.

So far my attempts have failed, but I've been learning from my mistakes.

Why am I making my own charcoal? Click on the following links:

3 comments:

CrocodileChuck said...

On a 'field trip' (Drugs and Behaviour course at Vanderbilt University) we went to Lynchburg, TN-the Jack Daniels operation. There, I saw charcoal being produced in situ, ie in open air. Always thought this had to be done anaerobically-if not in a vacuum

They did it by stacking cordwood in ricks-they said the geometry (access to drafts) was the key

Still don't understand how it was done...

CrocodileChuck

ps never liked the product (JD)

CrocodileChuck said...

On a 'field trip' (Drugs and Behaviour course at Vanderbilt University) we went to Lynchburg, TN-the Jack Daniels operation. There, I saw charcoal being produced in situ, ie in open air. Always thought this had to be done anaerobically-if not in a vacuum

They did it by stacking cordwood in ricks-they said the geometry (access to drafts) was the key

Still don't understand how it was done...

CrocodileChuck

ps never liked the product (JD)

Eclipse Now said...

Flannery thinks that if the world got really serious we could probably produce 6 gigatons of biochar a year! That would probably mean biocharing every agriwaste and forestry waste we could.

However, rather than getting us off the hook, it seems climate change experts are warning that we no longer have "10 years to act" but are already over the safety levels. So even if we switched to 100% clean energy tomorrow, it would STILL take Biochar a long time to bring the Co2 levels down to normal. But at least we'd be heading in the right direction then... unlike the exponential growth in Co2 emissions we are currently engaged in.

Let me know how it goes, I hear it can "burp" particularly nasty smoke.