Biochar Report

In the early part of 2013 FedDev sponsored a project that was done with Queen’s University and RMC. Many thanks for producing this report to Mackenzie J. Denyes,  Darko Matovic, Barbara A. Zeeb, and Allison Rutter.

The report gives a very complete analysis of the characteristics of the Biochar we produce.

Hugh McLaughlin was in Kingston for 3 days of visits and work shops.

Hugh had a very successful and well attended  workshop at Queen’s University. He covered a lot of ground over the course of an afternoon on the basics of characterizing charcoal down to his “1G Toucan” stove for making a small quantity of charcoal for experimental purposes.

On Wednesday Hugh, Julie Major of the IBI and Lloyd Hefferty of Ontario Biochar spent the morning at our greenhouses discussing the process by which we make charcoal. This was a very fruitful exercise that was characterized by an openness that makes this type of work twice the fun!

Thur. was the last day and Hugh gave a seminar in the morning. It was well attended with a mix of some academics that missed the Tues. workshop as well as local people from Wilton (wondering what Burt’s are up to!) and a further mix of farmers and just plain interested from as far away as St. Catharines.

After the seminar at the Wilton Woman’s Instite Hall everyone came to the greenhouse for a tour. It was a hectic time for Alex to make sure the system was up and running

and both of us were kept  busy with questions about our system. It really was a delight to give the tour and see the sincere interest in Biochar as well as receive so many informed questions. Of course everyone should have been informed having just come from Biochar 101 with Hugh!

Hugh divided his Queen’s Workshop into 3 parts;

Characteristics of Adsorption – Part A.pdf

Deciphering Biochar structure – Part B.pdf

Demonstration of Char Making – Part C.pdf

…and here is the presentation he made on Thur. at the Wilton Woman’s Institute Hall.


Stoker Interior

Stoker Interior from Brian Burt on Vimeo.

Fire showing overfire “fog”.

Fire showing overfire fog. from Brian Burt on Vimeo.

Here are reports written by Ken Allan about the experiments he did in his gardens in the summer of 2009.


Sweet Potatoes


Alex presented at the Notheast Biochar Conference


Tom Miles presentaitons at the   Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in Kennewick, WA with mention of our system.



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