Giant Ring of Fire Kiln Eats Smoke

We used 5 sections of sheet steel (44" x 86" with 2" flanges) bolted together to surround a large slash pile. All the combustion air comes in from the above. This counter-flow combustion pulls smoke down into the flame where it burns for clean combustion. At the end, we quench with water and make biochar

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February 27-28: Biochar Workshop near Tualatin, OR - FREE

Learn how charred biomass (biochar) can increase soil productivity, reduce wildfire risk, and slow climate change. In a morning classroom session on Feb 27, biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson will present biochar basics and the science of biochar production. USDA ARS researchers (Kristin Trippe, Manuel Jaramillo) will present their Biochar Atlas decision support tool for biochar applications and discuss recent field trials using biochar in vineyards and other applications.  The afternoon session will take place at the David Hill Winery where Kelpie Wilson will demonstrate on-farm applications of biochar for making compost from farm waste, manure management in barns and the production of bokashi – a fermented organic fertilizer made from biochar and farm wastes. We will reconvene at David Hill Winery on Feb. 28 for a full-day demonstration of methods for producing biochar from vineyard prunings using small biochar kilns and biochar pile burning techniques. Register here to reserve your space.

February 29: Biochar Workshop in Corbett, OR - FREE

 East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Free Biochar Workshop with Wilson Biochar Associates on February 29th, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Learn about biochar, its benefits, and how to make it. Open to anyone interested in biochar, including arborists, foresters, farmers, and rural residents.

37493 NE Grange Hall Rd. Corbett, OR 97019

Registration required. Go to emswcd.org/biochar to reserve your space, or call: (503) 935-537

March 7-8: Biochar Course at Siskiyou Field Institute

During this two-day workshop you will learn how charred biomass (biochar) made from non-merchantable woody residue left from logging and pruning operations can increase soil productivity, promote beneficial soil microbes, reduce wildfire risk, decrease emissions, and slow climate change.  Mechanical engineer Kelpie Wilson and forest ecologist Ken Carloni will give an overview of the history and science of biochar production and use during classroom presentations.  In the afternoons, we’ll explore small to large-scale biochar production theory and practice.  On Day 2, we’ll apply that theory in a hands-on demonstration of loading, firing and quenching in a variety of kilns for producing biochar in the field. Siskiyou Field Institute  is located at the Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma, OR 97535 

Phone: 541-597-8530

https://siskiyoufieldinstitute.org/calendar/biochar-workshop/

March 27: Biochar Workshop in Gold Beach, OR

Morning classroom session from 9am - noon at Curry Public Library: 94341 3rd St Gold Beach, OR 97444 

Afternoon hands-on session 1:00 - 4:30 Outside in Gold Beach: Participants will be given the address during the morning session.

Questions? Contact Miranda Gray 541.373.3127

Sponsored by Curry Watersheds Partnership and OSU Extension

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gold-beach-biochar-workshop-tickets-92809264007

June 11-13: Fire and Climate Summit

Save the date. KSWild is sponsoring a Fire & Climate Summit in Medford, OR. There will be a biochar demonstration and other important information on forests and fire resiliency. Check KS Wild for more info.

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About Kelpie Wilson

Kelpie Wilson is an engineer and analyst with 35 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. 


Since 2008, she has focused on biochar. She has consulted with private industry and government agencies through her company Wilson Biochar Associates. Her contracts have included work for the International Biochar Initiative, Washington Department of Ecology, North Dakota Forest Service, Great Plains Biochar Initiative, Oregon Biochar Solutions, Long Tom Restoration Council, California Almond Board, and many others. She is also a founding board member of the US Biochar Initiative.


Kelpie works directly with forest managers, the wood products industry, and farmers to develop systems for making biochar from waste biomass. She researches and teaches techniques for using biochar in compost and manure management, and presents many biochar workshops every year. She was profiled by Capital Press as a Western Innovator in September 2016.

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Wilson Biochar Associates can guide you and your business to opportunities in biochar. If you are a farmer looking for advice on applications, a resource manager looking for techniques for converting biomass to biochar, or a community member who wants to know more about biochar: 

  • Check out our e-books, white papers and webinars
  • Come to a biochar training session
  • Contact us to schedule consulting hours or initiate a larger project.

Why Us?

Biochar is an exciting new field with great potential but significant uncertainties. That's where expertise from Wilson Biochar Associates can make all the difference for the success of your enterprise. Wilson Biochar Associates specializes in biochar technology, market development, education and outreach.

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PO Box 1444, Cave Junction, Oregon 97523, United States