Welcome to Crane Hill Gardens!
Some folks very interested in Bio-Char production invited me to build an earthen kiln on their land.
Making cob adobes with the soil from below the kiln site.
Very heavy clay and silty soil...
Made wonderful bricks!
Oh, the glorious 55 gallon steel drum...
what earthen burning device can do without?
Adobe perimeter walls
Cobbing in the flue pipe
Light Clay-Straw insulation
loading it up for the test-run
Finally found some pure clay at the local gravel pit. It's the last thing they want to find, so they gave it to me for free. Two colors of clay here in easily divisable layers.
Shredding and screening straw
even found some catails to test in the plaster mix
(what an adventure in material acquisition this has been!)
the finished kiln
more on the wood vinegar colleciton system and char results soon to come!