[Gasification] Cheap charcoal manufacture

David Coote dccoote at mira.net
Wed Mar 27 19:19:41 CDT 2013

Hi Tom,

Do you have anything handy on what sort of conversion ratio 
(charcoal/input biomass) you were getting from the stove? And have you 
had the char tested for porosity etc?

And re the trials "Big Daddy" mentioned, I suspect you might get better 
results if you dug the innoculated char into the the soil root zone. 
Topical application would probably be less effective. And nitrogen 
drawdown in most backyard gardens with healthy soil is not much of an 
issue with carbon rich mulch. Fresh chip can leach various chemicals 
that have an effect on plants. The way to avoid this is to compost the 
mulch for a while.



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