Make charcoal and biochar
today, with a homemade retort! You are just a few
easy steps away from producing your own high quality
biochar. Listed below are easy to
follow step-by-step instructions explaining how
to make your own retort.
a brand new 5 gal steel pail and cover from any
local paint supply store.
Remove the gasket and plastic handle as well as
the bucket coating. (Search for local bead blasting
Using your power drill with a 1/8” drill
bit, two holes approximately 1” apart,
right below the first rib of the pail just under
the first rib as shown. Drill 3 more sets of holes
every 90 degrees.
(These holes help to relieve pressure
and prevent injury. Check out the close up photo
of 2 of 8 holes.)
MAKE YOUR OWN BIOCHAR & CHARCOAL
Listed below are easy to follow step-by-step
instructions of how to make your own bio-char and
Biomass, dried preferably
(Using a chipper or wood shredder to reduce
the size of your biomass before charring will
produce ideal biochar pieces.)
Mini-Incinerator, the heat source
Yard waste as fuel
for storing charcoal and biochar
1) Dry your biomass,
if it is not thoroughly dried already. This will
help preserve energy and make the burning process
go more quickly
your biomass in your retort.
• Use larger pieces of wood to make charcoal
• Use a chipper/shredder to reduce yard waste to make biochar
2) Place the lid firmly on your
pail and firmly press in the cover tabs.
Fill your Hi-Temp Mini-Incinerator with
burnables. Light and insert the spark arrestor,
dome side down. Place 5 gallon Retort upside
down with holes at the bottom. Note the flame
at the bottom of the retort is from burning gases.
4) The charring
process times depend on the biomass selected
and moisture content. After charring let your
retort cool completely. Store in a air tight
YOUR OWN BIOCHAR & CHARCOAL
Charred Scarp Wood
Charred wood, larger pieces
Homemade charcoal being used
biomass, the finished product
branches, pine needles and other shredded/chipped
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