Charcoal!

Site #1

Site #1

Here is my lovely new charcoal kiln.  Freshly delivered to Bolton Abbey Estate Yard and levelled ready for sand sealing the base to the ground.

Site #2

Site #2

Here it is the next day, moved across the yard away from the trees, which would have interfered with the airflow.  It is fairly easy to move by rolling, but needs levers to jack it up onto the ports which act alternatively as flues or air intakes.  Notice the high tech airflow dampers – recycled bricks.  I had a tonne of sand delivered for sealing down – outside and inside:

I have an extension ring, but the first burn will just be with the bottom ring, which is still six foot round and four feet high.

Top ring in the distance

Top ring in the distance

It took two trailer loads to fill.  Using the old estae forestry trailer which is on its last legs so it ended up being two and a bit, as I dare not fill it too full as the floor looked very weak!

Forgot to take a picture of the floor set up to get the draught right and a fireplace in the center

Forgot to take a picture of the floor set up to get the draught right and a fireplace in the center

So here it is ready for lighting at 6am Monday:

Bet the trees across the river will be shivvering in their boots on Monday as the smoke drifts across.

Bet the trees across the river will be shivvering in their boots on Monday as the smoke drifts across.

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