Charcoal burning links

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Buy locally-produced charcoal

Allotment Forestry list of UK locally-produced charcoal suppliers
Bioregional Charcoal Company network of small-scale UK charcoal producers
The Guardian tread lightly: buy British barbecue charcoal
Hampshire Coppice Craftsmen’s Group network of small-scale charcoal producers in Hampshire

Short articles on small-scale charcoal burning

Allotment Forestry make your own charcoal in an oil drum
Bushcraft UK how to make very small batches of charcoal in a bushcraft situation
Coppice Craftsmen’s Group (pdf) standards for local charcoal production
Gardens by Design making charcoal in oil drums
How to Make Charcoal low-tech charcoal making in India
The Naked Whiz how to make lump charcoal in an oil drum
Pound Wood Pages how to turn cordwood and brash into saleable product
Practical Action factsheet on charcoal production, aimed at developing countries, but relevant anywhere
Something Different how to make charcoal at home
WikiHow basic charcoal burning instructions

More detailed manuals on larger-scale charcoal burning

Charcoal Kiln Design making charcoal: the retort method with a 55-gallon oil drum
Charcoal Making for Small-Scale Enterprises 1975 training manual from the International Labour Office
Charcoal Production using a Transportable Metal Kiln 1980 book by A.R. Paddon & A.P. Harker
Construction, Installation & Operation of an Improved Pit-Kiln for Charcoal Production 1986 book by A.R. Paddon
The Construction of a Portable Metal Kiln 1980 book by W.D.J. Whitehead
FAO free online book: Simple Technologies for Charcoal Making – slanted towards developing countries

Other information & organisations

Biochar Technology have developed a plant to use the gases produced in charcoal burning to drive a turbine for heat and electricity
English Charcoal lots of info about charcoal production in England
GTZ free online book: Low-cost Charcoal Gasifiers for Rural Energy Supply
Industrial, Engineering & Chemistry Research technical article on the art, science and technology of charcoal production
Portable Charcoal Kiln for Gas for Motor Vehicles section of a 1942 book the story of charcoal – chemistry, history and environmental impact
Supreme Carbon how to choose the best charcoal for a hookah pipe
University of California, Berkeley academic paper – review of technologies for the production & use of charcoal
VITA comparing charcoal and wood-burning cookstoves in the Caribbean

Charcoal history

Forest Web history of charcoal burning in the Forest of Dean
Men of the Forest an account of past and present charcoal burners in the New Forest
Museum of English Rural Life photo gallery of old pics of charcoal burning
Regia Anglorum charcoal burning in Anglo-Saxon England
UK Agriculture history of charcoal
University of Reading on charcoal
Wey Valley Charcoal Burning history of charcoal burning in Surrey – plus general info and photos


Barbecue 101 part I: the pit
Barbecue 101 part II: the fuel
Barbecue 101 part III: the meat
Bioregional Home Grown how to light a barbecue without firelighters
Bioregional Home Grown barbecue recipes, including veggie
CBBQA the internet BBQ FAQ
Dorset Charcoal Co. barbecue recipes
NBBQA history of the barbecue
USDA food safety for barbecues
Wikipedia entry for barbecue

The biochar debate

Biochar is charcoal used for carbon sequestration and soil improvement, but large-scale production will require an awful lot of land. Here are some pro- and anti- sites/articles, and you can find many more by searching online
Agricultural Marketing Research Center biochar: a multitude of benefits
BBC News biochar: is the hype justified?
Biochar Farms providing information about biochar production list of biochar articles and research papers (all positive)
BiofuelWatch list of biochar articles (all negative)
ETC Group 147 small environmental organisations see large-scale biochar production as a threat to people, land and ecosystems
The Guardian anti-biochar article by George Monbiot
The Guardian pro-biochar article by Peter Read
International Biochar Initiative not-for-profit supporting research into biochar
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) research paper that highlights the environmental risks of large-scale biochar
Permaculture Research Institute beware the biochar initiative
Wikipedia entry for biochar