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28th-Apr-2005 10:28 pm
After about 4 days burning, i have ended up with not much to show for my efforts. take 2 will be much better

   

I got 3 tubs, but these two show the smaller charcoal, and the large chucks that remained. not bad.
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1st-May-2005 09:29 am (UTC)
Making charcoal is only the first part.

Now you have to BURN something.
1st-May-2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
Or melt something. I vote for melting.
2nd-May-2005 04:33 am (UTC)
will a bucket of sand do ?
2nd-May-2005 05:59 am (UTC)
Hell yes, but I expect to see a flawless replica of Galileo's telescope made from the end result. You might want to exclude the bucket from the exercise though.
1st-May-2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
What's with making charcoal? I don't get it.
2nd-May-2005 12:03 am (UTC) - Uses for charcoal
Modern day uses:
Blacksmithing:
To get the fire hotter than with normal wood and to provide a fuel that is already partially burnt. This saves time and also reduces smoke and impurities which can occur as byproducts of lower temperature burning.
Additionally, it provides slightly chemically reducing (as opposed to oxidising) atmosphere. i.e. the oxygen around the work will compine with the carbon in the charcoal rather than joining with the iron to promote rust.
Ideally for blacksmithing, one ought tho use "Coke" also called "coking coal" which is a product of the charcoal making process but produced at a further stage. Almost all of the impurities are removed. It's mainly used these days in the steel industry.

Filtration:
Charcoal is used in some water filters.

Cooking:
Barbeques and hibachi stoves can use charcoal and of course...
The Japanese take some things to an extreme however:-
http://smt.blogs.com/tokyo_health/2004/06/uses_of_charcoa.html

Art:
It is used to draw with.

Heating:
Home heating in many places.

Medieval uses:
Drawing,
Medicine,
Alchemy,
Blacksmithing,
Domestic heating.

Obviously, I have way too much time on my hands........
2nd-May-2005 12:43 am (UTC) - Re: Uses for charcoal
Yes, charcoal is wonderful stuff, I get that. I'm just wondering why one would go to the effort of digging a pit the size of my entire backyard (yes my yard is craptacular-small) rather than just buying some and letting someone else do the work?
2nd-May-2005 04:29 am (UTC) - Re: Uses for charcoal
*grin*

'cause i could :)

more expressly I have A Plan. stay tuned thrill seekers ...
2nd-May-2005 07:51 am (UTC) - Re: Uses for charcoal
(I don't think that it's his backyard, (And I believe that the hole was already there!)).

As to Why????

I guess you'll just have to let the spinners and weavers answer that one....

And secretly, Sui is practising for when the balloon goes up! He needs to know all those lost skills. He also just digs the gadgetery of it all!
2nd-May-2005 08:09 am (UTC) - Re: Uses for charcoal
isn't my backyard at all (although i guess it kind of is also... *grin*)

and the hole was there cause I dug it :)

we've done 2 roasted pigs in it, and now 1 charcoal making.

as for why? - why not? i had time on my hands and wanted to know if *I* could do it.
2nd-May-2005 04:31 am (UTC) - Re: Uses for charcoal
If that were true, you'd be out helpin... :)
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