Technology, Projects and Training
Technology, Projects and Training
The NEW Ring of Fire Biochar Kiln is the cleanest and most efficient flame cap kiln yet.
The heat shield improves efficiency and also protects the user from heat.
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The Ring of Fire kiln is a metal container for burning waste wood and brush for the purpose of making biochar. The kiln consists of an inner ring composed of three sheets of mild steel that are bolted together. An outer ring of lighter gauge steel bolts onto the brackets that hold the inner ring together. The purpose of the outer ring is to serve as a heat shield that holds in heat for better efficiency.
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Check out our Takilma Biochar Project, where we used the New, Improved Ring of Fire Kiln to help our neighbors turn dangerous fuel piles into biochar for their gardens. We employed our local teenagers during April 2020 who were home from school due to Covid 19. Being outdoors in the fresh air, keeping social distance, we provided a safe experience for bored, cooped up people to do something good for our neighbors and our land.
The great forests of the Western US are mighty storehouses of carbon and life. But poor management, exclusion of natural fire and climate change are having a terrible impact. We need boots on the ground, converting woody debris to biochar to restore healthy forest soils and sequester carbon. This video describes the methods and technology for making biochar in the woods, and proposes a program for paying our youth to do this important work to save our forests and our climate.
The federal government is starting a new CCC to “put a new generation of Americans to work conserving and restoring public lands and waters, increasing reforestation, increasing carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protecting biodiversity, improving access to recreation, and addressing the changing climate.” Read all about it here.
Recently, Wilson Biochar Associates trained a crew of California Conservation Corps workers to make biochar in the woods, thanks to the Redwood Forest Foundation. You can read about Usal Redwood Forest biochar project here.
There are many different CCC type programs at the state and national level that could include biochar production as an ecological restoration and carbon sequestration activity. Scroll down to download our CCC concept paper and share it with your community to build support for a Biochar CCC.
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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Presented by Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. & Usal Redwood Forest Company. RFFI and URFC staff and experts will demonstrate an innovative approach to building fire resilient forests and addressing climate change. Watch slash from newly created fuel breaks be converted into biochar for use in forest soil restoration. Witness three portable biochar conversion kilns in use in different locations in the Usal Redwood Forest.
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April 7, 4 pm - April 9, 12:30 pm MDT University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension - Biochar Opportunities in the Southwest - An interactive virtual workshop about ecosystem services and entrepreneurial opportunities using forest biochar in the Four Corner States. Register here.
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. 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.
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 inexpensive techniques for converting biomass to biochar, or a community member who wants to know more about biochar:
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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