Traditional Methods of the Smallholder Charcoal-Maker

  • Walter Emrich
Part of the Solar Energy R&D in the European Community book series (SRDE, volume 7)


Traditional carcoal-making, which has a long history, is characterized by the following main features:
  • Zero or low investment cost;

  • Use of construction materials which are at hand on the site or available nearby, e.g. clay, soft-burnt bricks;

  • Zero or low maintenance costs achieved by avoiding metal parts in the kiln construction as far as possible;

  • Manpower is not a major concern;

  • The normal raw material consists essentially of wood logs and coconut shells; other types of biomass may be carbonized also;

  • By-product recovery is limited owing to the fact that no sophisticated equipment is employed;

  • It is typically a family or cooperative business.


Fuel Wood Brick Kiln Fixed Carbon Content Kiln Site Kiln Temperature 
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