John Suavecito wrote:Interesting perspective. I am not doing an open burn, which would be banned. I live in the suburbs, and I burn in the driveway, with a barrel and a lid with a tall chimney. We have to move our cars before we burn. I am thinking about the possibilities of drying. Good ideas.
Michael Cox wrote:I used TLUD in the past but moved away from it for the reasons you describe. I much prefer the trench/cone kiln approach now and can burn even fairly green wood on it. Once the embers are established it can basically burn anything.
The reason I said earlier on your post that different approaches work in different situations is because they do. Your sideways barrel offers no benefits to me. It takes up more space. I don't want to have to burn in a wet place. That's the point of this thread. I put my wood in a dry, covered area to burn it after it's seasoned but before burning it. TLUD is efficient in that the fire goes up the chimney and away from the wood, burning the volatile gases and leaving the carbon, which is drenched at just the right time. The charcoal is already on the driveway, right next to the plywood panels where it can be crushed by the weight of the pickup truck. I don't want it out in the far away fields, which I don't have, to make it harder to move to the crushing station. I can burn green wood, but inefficient burning is bad for the environment, unpleasant, illegal for where I live, and produces less biochar.
I'm glad that your method works for you, but I think it's important to show different models, so people can use them optimally for their situations.