Charcoal burning links

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Buy locally-produced charcoal

Coppice Products list of local charcoal producers
The Guardian tread lightly: buy British barbecue charcoal
Hampshire Coppice Craftsmen’s Group network of small-scale charcoal producers in Hampshire

Articles on small-scale charcoal burning

Ashridge Timeline make your own charcoal in an oil drum
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
Practical Action factsheet on charcoal production, aimed at developing countries, but relevant anywhere
Prepper’s Will how to make charcoal at home
WikiHow basic charcoal burning instructions

Manuals for larger-scale charcoal burning

Charcoal Kiln Design making charcoal: the retort method with a 55-gallon oil drum retort
Charcoal Production using a Transportable Metal Kiln 1980 book by A.R. Paddon & A.P. Harker
Ecovillage Library podcast: charcoal making for small enterprises
FAO free online book: Simple Technologies for Charcoal Making – slanted towards developing countries

Other info

CBBQA the internet BBQ FAQ
Industrial, Engineering & Chemistry Research technical article on the art, science and technology of charcoal production
Pyrites.org the story of charcoal – chemistry, history and environmental impact
Supreme Carbon how to choose the best charcoal for a hookah pipe
Wikipedia charcoal
Wikipedia barbecue

Charcoal history

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

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
BBC News biochar: is the hype justified?
Biochar Farms providing information about biochar production
Biochar.info 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 biochar
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