Sunday, 27 January 2013

Axe Workshop And Charcoal Making Course

This is going to be a long post but I'll let the pictures do the talking!
On this blog I'll concentrate on the charcoal making and on my other blog I'll talk about the axe side of things.
Setting up camp in heavy snow was interesting!
A snowy tent
It didn't dampen our spirits though!

Starting to pack in the wood for the charcoal burn

The compost toilet - almost looks picturesque

The barrel full for the charcoal burn, tightly packed in

Tipping the barrel over the fire (that's why the wood is tightly packed into the barrel)

Some time to roast some chestnuts
Watching for the smoke to change
Stopping the burn with soil

The charcoal the next day cooled and ready to bag up

The group next to a "cord" of wood we'd set up
A great weekend learning some new skills and practising old ones.
It was also a great opportunity to camp in conditions where I normally wouldn't bother! I wasn't cold once so I must have dressed right.
The snow made the course more interesting if anything, hunting for fire wood became harder as was keeping the fire going. I also learnt a little more about making charcoal, it was a completely different way to how my brother and I were making it in a 45 gallon drum a few years ago and it reinforced the knowledge I already had about it.
I love weekends like this! If anyone is interested I really recommend their course -


  1. An enjoyable and informative post Kev. I had know idea that charcoal could be done in that way.

    1. Yeah it's pretty simple but I think it's alot of practice.

  2. Very interesting and this looks very doable for a home setup!

    1. It's doable but returns are quite low. for every 6kgs of wood you might get 1kg of charcoal but it's another step towards self reliance!

  3. You had my attention from the very start of the post. Have never known how this was done and now I do (not that I can see me using the knowledge in the foreseeable future!). Going over to your other blog now to check out the axe sharpening!

    1. I didn't write much about the sharpening but if you want me to do a post on it I will just ask!

  4. Now that looks an interesting weekend to go on, and fun too! Off over to see out the axe sharpening went.

    1. Cheers Vera, it was interesting, the trouble is it makes me want to do more courses like this!


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