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Old 01-07-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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Here's cleglue's charcoal-making pictorial from last February.

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I made my own for a while with aspen and bass wood from the saw mill down the road, after the thrill was gone, I lost interest. It was fun to do though.
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One thing I forgot to add is, it takes a whole bunch of wood to make 20 pounds of lump. I did the 55 gal drum thing and I think I was lucky to get five to eight pounds of lump out of it after a cycle. Free wood is still free wood. Take a look here for some good info http://www.nakedwhiz.com/makinglump.htm
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One thing I forgot to add is, it takes a whole bunch of wood to make 20 pounds of lump. I did the 55 gal drum thing and I think I was lucky to get five to eight pounds of lump out of it after a cycle. Free wood is still free wood. Take a look here for some good info http://www.nakedwhiz.com/makinglump.htm
That how-to pictorial makes me feel a little better about paying the price for a 20-lb bag.

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I have been making small quantities in my wood stove on these cold nights. I usually get the stove going really good, and then at bedtime I shut the air off completely. The next afternoon it has lump in it ready to go.

I must warn though, be careful of smoldering embers in the lump that can statrt back up when the air returns to it. Make sure it is completely out.
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Good luck. Keep the pictures coming.

Unity posted the link I made last year.

Here are some pictures using the retort method.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/Charcoal-Making/

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/Charcoal-Making2/
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:08 PM   #7
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I'm interested in seeing how the logs came out. I cut my wood into fist size chunks to make the lump charcoal.

Your setup looks great.
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