Learn the ancient skill of charcoal making in this hands-on, one day course. You’ll learn about the history of charcoal making and it’s importance in the Wye Valley and you’ll use small-scale kilns to see the whole process of producing charcoal. At the end of the day, you’ll take a bag of sustainable charcoal home with you.
The day will start with essential health and safety around charcoal making and where to locate a kiln. You’ll then light a preloaded kiln and learn about the smoke signals. Once the kiln is lit, you’ll excavate a kiln that has already burnt and cooled down: you’ll grade the charcoal and bag it up. Discover the different uses for charcoal and why traditionally produced charcoal is so much better for the environment and for cooking than large-scale, commercially available charcoal, and how to market it.
After lunch, you’ll go back to the beginning: loading the empty kiln. You’ll fill and stack the kiln and discuss suitable timber and sizes. Once the kiln is loaded, you’ll return to the lit kiln to shut it down for cooling.
This course is ideal for complete beginners, whether you are interested in cooking over fire, have a small woodland, or for anyone interested in small-scale charcoal making.