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BioCharWorks, Pawling, New York
http://www.biocharworks.com

"THE HYBRID" A Bio-Energy Converter Converting Biomass to Heat Energy and Biochar using pyrolysis and gasification in a self sustaining converter.

Stationary and Mobile Units

  • A BIO-ENERGY CONVERTER with the flexibilty to be site specific to fit your actual application.
  • Converts biomass,(wood chips, coconut shells, peach pits), into a value-added product, biochar.
  • Supplies heat to your home, farm, or greenhouse with the ability to produce 500,000 BTU/hr of heat energy.
  • Continuous feed system.
  • Project feasibility and plant layout design available.
  • Makes cents while heating your home!
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Check out the Article in the Capital Pres profiling Biochar and the work of Rockford Washington farmer David Gady.
http://capitalpress.or.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=0d956f8c0

This article is a quick summary of what biochar is, and what it can do for commercial agriculture.

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Harvard has an organic community garden. The garden has been growing over the last 5 years, and this year they are trying biochar.

It will be nice to watch their project and see how their garden grows.

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From Living Web Farms in Mills River, North Carolina
http://www.livingwebfarms.org/

Great introduction to making clean biochar lead by Bob Wells, soil scientist Jon Nilsson and Patryk Battle.

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Last weekend's Biochar Burn School was fantastically successful! Many thanks to all the participants. I was especially pleased at the diversity of people who attended - young folks and elders, permaculturists and scientists, land owners, nomads and Forest Service professionals. Thanks to everyone who came back for an extra day, just to see what else we could learn about this process.

Special thanks to Peter Hirst of New England Biochar for showing up with tools, educational materials and expertise.

For more information: Kelpie Wilson http://www.greenyourhead.com

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Pyro-grilling

Jock Gill has been demonstrating Pyro-grilling. He adapted a standard weber to use an updated version of his iCan stove. He reports that he hasn't had to buy standard charcoal in over a year. In the process he has been making a nice grade of biochar.

It looks pretty tempting. For details and answers to questions about the grill please download Jock's Pyro-Grilling pdf .

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Grass Tablet Biochar
Grass Tablets
Grill modified with an iCan reactor

The grass tablet biochar (pyrolytic carbon) shown above was made in an iCan TLUD
with a variable speed blower. This charcoal was air quenched and is thus bone dry.
When wet, it is very soft and can be formed to fit a variety of shapes. I have found, for
example, that grass tablet biochar saturated with cold water is effective at reducing the
pain of burns.

The following pages illustrate some of the ways the above biochar was made.
Note: Grass biochar will be ashy as grass has considerably more ash content that
wood

Grass tablets broken into short sections prior to being loaded into the fuel chamber of
the iCan reactor.
These tablets were made from field grass about 3 years ago in Shelburne, VT. Note
that the longest fibers are about the length of the diameter of the tablet. Shorter is
better.
These tablets are about 4 cm in diameter.

Download the attached Grass Tablet Biochar How To for detailed Reactor photographs and answers to questions posed to Jock by the stoves community.

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UC Davis Biochar Wheel Image

The Soils Lab at UC Davis has put together an Online Biochar Database
http://biochar.ucdavis.edu/

he UCD Biochar Database has been established to present an online resource of biochar physical and chemical characterization data. The database exists only as resource, with the specific objectives to:

  • provide an open-access tool for end users interested in biochar as a soil amendment to examine and compare data for a variety of biochar feedstocks;
  • provide a reliable resource for academics and researchers by distinguishing between peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed data;
  • provide a user friendly site for sharing biochar characterization data; and
  • provide a mechanism for biochar manufacturers to present the characterization data of their biochar products to potential end users.

Find them on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisBiochar

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Kelpie Wilson has been playing with the Japanese Cone Kiln for Biochar see the latest on her site: http://www.greenyourhead.com/

She's finding that the Cone Kiln is easier to use than the alternatives and it produces more char too.

in her words:

I love my Japanese Cone Kiln. ... It is basically just a cone-shaped fire ring - a truncated cone. All you do is start a small fire in the bottom, and once that is all burned to glowing coals, you add small stick wood or branches on in layers. Each time the wood gets black and starts to ash, you add another layer. The layers underneath continue to cook out tar and gas, but they don't burn because air is excluded. When the cone is full you quench it with water. If you like, you can throw a grill on it and cook your dinner before you put it out.

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Meghana Rao attends Jesuit High School and spoke to President Obama about Biochar in the 2013 White House Science Fair

From Tom Miles:
John Miedema and I have been mentoring her biochar projects for about three years. She did her basic research as a high school freshman at Oregon State University under Dr. Markus Kleber with a graduate student in soil science. She won regional competitions and went to the nationals in the Intel Science competitions as a Freshman. She presented that work in Kyoto in 2011 and at Sonoma 2012. That is also the work she described to the President.

http://2012.biochar.us.com/sites/2012.biochar.us.com/files/presentations...

Last summer she did an internship at the Joint Bioenergy Institute at Berkeley. http://www.jbei.org/

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