Biochar for Fuels Reduction

Use biochar burning practices to keep smoke out of the atmosphere when burning forest residue/slash

Use biochar burning practices to keep smoke out of the atmosphere when burning forest residue/slash

Conventional Burn vs. Biochar Burn (flame carbonization) 

Conventional: Flame burns UNDER cold biomass creating smoke

Biochar Burn: A TOP-LIT fire - The flame on top burns any smoke from the fuels below 

Three Requirements of Flame Carbonization:

1. Fast, hot, and clean fire with dry fuels < 14% moisture

2. Flames on top of the pile to burn the smoke

3. Quench the fire before the char burns to ash

Multiple Benefits of Biochar:

Sequesters carbon in soil

Reduces hazardous fuels with very little smoke

Promotes soil microbial life

Increases plant growth

Has disease suppressive effects

Creates value from trash (biochar from waste wood)

Prevents nutrient loss

Biochar for Forest Restoration in Western States - Utah State University Forestry Extension Fact Sheet

Biochar for Restoration -  Paper by Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates, for South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership 

Converting Shelterbelt Biomass to Biochar  - Kelpie Wilson, A Feasibility Analysis for North Dakota Forest Service

Learning to Burn and Make Biochar - Not Smoke - Article by Kelpie Wilson in Tree Care Industry Magazine

Smoke into Biochar - DIY biochar flyer from Wilson Biochar Associates

Presentation: Flame Carbonizers for Biochar - Kelpie Wilson