Making Biochar with Wat, yes Wat!

Sawadeekap!!!

The more we stay here, the better we are in scavanging! Wat is probably a pioneer in this so we collected some leftover cut trees from the nearby forest. Cutting them into pieces that could fit horizontally into an oil drum barrel.

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We found this drum when we were looking for metallic bucket from a scrap metal warehouse. So!

Step 1 – Make a fire at the bottom until it catch

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Step 2 – Lay down the wood pieces horizontally into the drum. Stack to the top or even more as they would eventually go down as they burn. Leave it to burn for 3-4 hours.

Warning! It would create a lot of smoke so do it when your enemy is visiting. Can chase away bad spirit 😀

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Step 3 – When the wood is burned to this stage, we can move into covering it to stop the burning process. That’s how charcoal is made.

Step 4 – Close the drum with a metal lid that also has a screw lid. Since there is still some smoke coming out after, Wat use mud to seal up the gaps 😛 There were a few bing bang bom explosion after but it was OK, no drama! We left it to cool down overnight.

The morning after, it shrunk to this shape:

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Must be the pressure!

Otherwise, we got beautiful biochar from Wat, yes Wat! 😀

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Biochar is a porous material. It is good to be added into gardens to house microbes, filtering water, absorb odour in wardrobe and of course cooking.

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