Charcoal & Biochar

Introduction Charcoal and Bio-Char


Charcoal was made in Ecclesall woods for the early steel industry. If you wander around it today you can still see the remnants of the old Q pits and the grave of the charcoal maker who met his demise there! Come and make charcoal with a modern charcoal retort.


This will be a day spent in the lovely surroundings of Ecclesall Woods learning how charcoal and biochar is made. There will be two methods of making charcoal demonstrated firstly using the Hookway Retort, which is a modern efficient way of making charcoal, and secondly using a “Tonga” kiln, which is basic traditional method used in many countries.


The course will consist of: