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May 22nd, 2005 at 1:50pm
 
Well, this is my first(real) try of making charcoal. I managed to scrape up two old rusty oil(or somesuch) barrels-one a good bit smaller than the other. I put the wood to be burned in the large barrel, and the wood that would soon be charcoal in the smaller barrel. I covered this wood in the smaller barrel with dirt(didn't have any suitable top for the smaller barrel) and fired up the big 'un. It seemed to work great; after the big reduction in smoke rising from the depths of the dirt, I drenched the big barrel. After waiting overnight, I removed the dirt. The wood in the small barrel looks like it charred up nicely; the question is about the wood that was in the large barrel. It is wet at the moment, but could I dry it out and use it in a forge as well? This would increase my yield quite a bit...
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Reply #1 - May 23rd, 2005 at 8:55am
 
do you know those big popcorn barrels you get around christmas? i like to use those to make small ammounts of charcoal. First thing i do is chop the wood into small chunks the smaller the better, then i poke a hole in the bottom of the pop corn barrel. place the barel with the hole down over the fire. pretty soon the wood will start to give off all of the bad gases and makes a cool looking jet of flame. keep cooking the wood untill the flame stops.

i use this charcoal method when im running my kiln. usaly gets too hot but it's ok for ammo. Made some grapevine charcoal for a fire bomb exparament it also worked good.
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Reply #2 - May 23rd, 2005 at 1:37pm
 
Ah! I never thought of using those! Great idea! About the only plans I could find online involved 55-gallon drums and pipes, to send the gases into the fire. The dirt seems to work pretty nicely for me; it's impossible for the stuff to start burning unless you have a cave-in. I guess I'll try the old coals once I get my forge dried(currently trying to make one out of mud; yesterday I made a solid block for a base, today I think I'm going to gather it all back up and make it into bricks...It'll take way too long for the whole thing to dry).
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Reply #3 - May 23rd, 2005 at 8:49pm
 
i have an adobe kiln too. well kiln/forge. My adobe dryed in about 2 weeks. its pretty strong too.
but yes all i do is throw the wood into the popcorn containers and throw them onto a fire. Makes a small ammount quickly.
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Reply #4 - Jun 2nd, 2005 at 4:46pm
 
klarth I used the fifty five gallon drum plans on a 25 gallen drum
I use wooden pellet stove pellets and convert them to charcoal i love the size of the charcoal and I get about 60% yeild
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