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Make Charcoal & Biochar With Your Hi-Temp. Mini-Incinerator

Sample Charcoal and Biochar Did you know that you can make your own charcoal as well as help the environment with a Burn Right Products, Hi-Temp. Mini-Incinerator? By adding a simple retort* to any one of our models you can create biochar for your garden and charcoal for your summer BBQ's.

What is Biochar?

If you type biochar into Google you will see over 15 million results. It’s a hot topic, especially for those who want to combat global warming and the effects of greenhouse gases. The name biochar is a coined term for charcoal when it is ground up and used as a soil enhancer. For thousands of years, biochar has been the result of natural wildfires and historic farming practices.

Biochar is found naturally in soils around the world, has been around for thousands of years and is a very important aspect of agricultural production. Biochar is made by pyrolysis (thermo-chemical decomposition) of biomass (biological material from living or recently living organisms). Natural decomposition of biomass adds large amounts of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), N2O (Nitrous Oxide) and CH4 (Methane) (all dangerous greenhouse gases) into the atmosphere.

The process of biomass conversion into biochar reduces the effects of greenhouse gases that have been emitted into the atmosphere by trapping them in the ground. Biochar’s extreme stability allows it to store carbon (carbon sequestration) and other greenhouse gases in the ground for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Independent research conducted at Cornell University and the University of Edinburgh has found that biochar reduces pressure on old-growth forests.

As we lose more and more of our forests worldwide due to logging and conversion into ranch lands, it is more important than ever that we have alternative sources for carbon sequestration. Biochar can also reduce greenhouse gases by decreasing the need for the production and transportation of fertilizers.

Along with its impact on our climate, biochar has received more and more attention due to its agricultural applications. In a time when soils are becoming increasingly nutrient-deficient due to mono-cropping and overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, biochar’s re-discovery could prove to be very helpful.

Biochar improves water and soil quality by retaining large amounts of nutrients and agricultural chemicals. This prevents leaching into groundwater and the pollution of high quality fresh water resources.

 

With an increase in soil quality, agricultural productivity increases, further enhancing food security for ourselves and millions worldwide.

One of the best things about biochar is its easy application and production. From backyard gardeners to big production farms, biochar is out there for everyone to take advantage of. New methods of production have brought the age-old practice to rural areas of Uganda and suburban neighborhoods of the USA, Canada and many other countries around the world.

Make sure to keep checking back to learn more about our new retort* and how you can begin making biochar and charcoal for your garden and grill.

* Retort - A container or furnace for carrying out a chemical process to make biochar and charcoal.