One of our group members has supplied the following report… “After consulting with a few international experts and a few knowledgeable local people, we took their cautions seriously and decided to start with a small “open burn” rather than a … Continue reading
Here is another well made demonstration video on simple biochar production. This relates to another ‘managed combustion’ system – providing much better environmental outcomes than just burning biomass but still wasteful on the energy front. See also: https://soilcarbon.org.nz/biochar-burn-school/ http://biocharproject.org/ … Continue reading
I had an epiphany while running a comparison between a couple of TLUDS at Simon Days about 10 days ago. I’ve been trying to get more char out of my system by raising the afterburner about 50mm above the main … Continue reading
We have been getting inquiries for biochar – mainly from gardeners wanting to experiment. As interest grows, demand for larger quantities should follow for commercial application trials. If you are producing biochar in NZ and you are able to share some of your production with gardeners or researchers, then please get in touch.
As the market for biochar matures, we should develop some principles and guidelines for sustainable and safe biochar production, post-treatment and application. The easiest path for now may be to follow IBI, European or other international production / testing guidelines.
We are developing a list of NZ biochar producers who may be able to provide biochar or biochar based products from direct inquires. The producers page will provide contact details and product information.
Kelpie Wilson from www.wilsonbiochar.com has led this initiative… “A quick summary of results of experiments in open burn techniques to minimize smoke and maximize charcoal production. Experiments were conducted by volunteers over a 3 day period, November 15-17, 2013, outside … Continue reading
The Second burn of the TLUD was an attempt to increase the feedstock value by adding new material in through the secondary air gap during the process. WE started with a half barrel of chips as a way to test … Continue reading
About a year ago I asked an incinerator maker to build me a TLUD based on a design I’d seen on YouTube. Yesterday it worked properly for the first time. The main burner barrel has 50 x 25mm holes in … Continue reading
John McDonald-Wharry, PhD candidate from Waikato U. has kindly provided a link to a newly released paper on his work. He will be presenting related to this at the NZBRC workshop on 4 July with the title “Studying Carbonisation with … Continue reading
It’s great to see this website coming together. I welcome the communication with biochar enthusiasts world-wide, and especially the opportunity to connect with the research and practical activity taking place in NZ. I first learned about biochar from Albert Bates … Continue reading
I am linking in this article by Hans-Peter Schmidt on his ithaka website. Hans-Peter is a leader on biochar in Europe and he writes well on a range of biochar application subjects. I plan to link into more of his … Continue reading