Doug Clayton

Hugh and Jerry did a super job of introducing biochar at Heating the NE but obviously next year this session needs to be expanded to a more complete exploration of the potentials.

I'm lucky to have Hugh so nearby to assist me and now that I've found an avenue of biochar use (inoculation). I am in need of some techniques that create as much as possible as easily as possible. Probably the next thing Hugh and I'll be trying is a variation on John Roger's 55 gal. TLUD. My "3 barrel top lit up draft rocket retort" is dead at the moment as I've burned up all my little retort barrels and I want something that makes more than 5 gallons of char/hr.

Set up only took a few minutes with a metal cutting blade on circular saw. I told Hugh that aluminum angle he found in my scrap pile was a bad idea and indeed a few minutes into the burn the first one melted into the barrel and I went scrambling for some iron angle!

The old auto heater core fan on the variable voltage power supply worked great, generally idling along at very low speed (or not at all) except when we were tempted to goose it up just to see what would happen. Very clean other than the paint burn-off.

These were the shredded pallet chips. Dry. Total burn time was about 75 minutes.

It was dark by the time we banked the bottom and put a tight lid on it.

A satisfying first attempt. Thank you John for the inspiration.

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