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    Default Carbon/Charcoal Finale

    Just to finish off my tale,

    My carbon expert worked on the downed trees in the neighborhood and made several bags of charcoal.
    I paid for his time.
    In return was given four bags.
    He sold the rest to the neighbors.

    The neighborhood was thankful for the tree cleanup and also for the carbon, which they need badly for their cooking.

    In all, I turned out to be the Christmas elf ..... appreciated by many.

    Thanks for all your input.

    Merry Christmas, 🎄*

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Just to finish off my tale,

    My carbon expert worked on the downed trees in the neighborhood and made several bags of charcoal.
    I paid for his time.
    In return was given four bags.
    He sold the rest to the neighbors.

    The neighborhood was thankful for the tree cleanup and also for the carbon, which they need badly for their cooking.

    In all, I turned out to be the Christmas elf ..... appreciated by many.

    Thanks for all your input.

    Merry Christmas, ��*
    and I thought lumps of coal in a stocking was a bad thing. Evidently not in the DR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Just to finish off my tale,

    My carbon expert worked on the downed trees in the neighborhood and made several bags of charcoal.
    I paid for his time.
    In return was given four bags.
    He sold the rest to the neighbors.

    The neighborhood was thankful for the tree cleanup and also for the carbon, which they need badly for their cooking.

    In all, I turned out to be the Christmas elf ..... appreciated by many.

    Thanks for all your input.

    Merry Christmas, ��*
    Charcoal is still quite common at the colmados. Most seems to come from coppicing branches on trees on a regular basis. Biochar is a very intersting tech. Use ground charcoal to improve soil.

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    Always use it in my soil... works well.

    Funny Steve, very good.
    Wish I thought of it..... hahaha

    I took a bit of a whipping when I suggested making carbon in a previous thread.....
    breaking laws, etc.

    It shows to go you how far of the road we sometimes are here in RD when we try to guage the Dominican psyche.
    Whodathunk I was pleasing the locals by doing such an outrageous thing ??

    Actually, I had a clue..... hence, I proceeded.

    And yes, carbon is a necessity in many, many communities.
    The law is aimed at commercial fabrication, not those trying to survive day to day.....IMO

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    Charcoal production can be sustainable and Carbon negative when biochar is a byproduct. Most is produced inefficiently using green feedstock and no retort system. Tons of videos on this on YouTube. Yard and ag waste are being made into briquettes in much of Asia.

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    Biochar and briquettes will soon be manufactured in Bonao from sustainable commercial forests at an industrial scale. Intention is for industrial sales at the start -- such as poultry producers that at the present time are buying charcoal. Fertilizer byproducts will also be available.*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolores View Post
    Biochar and briquettes will soon be manufactured in Bonao from sustainable commercial forests at an industrial scale. Intention is for industrial sales at the start -- such as poultry producers that at the present time are buying charcoal. Fertilizer byproducts will also be available.*


    I've heard that guayacanes and campece are best trees for carbon

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    One of the emerging techniques is called Alley Cropping. Rows of trees grown for branches used for fuel/charcoal with food crops in between. Inga and Leucaena are names I hear often, but I don't know what they are called locally.



    Large bamboo varieties also work well for charcoal as a crop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolores View Post
    Biochar and briquettes will soon be manufactured in Bonao from sustainable commercial forests at an industrial scale. Intention is for industrial sales at the start -- such as poultry producers that at the present time are buying charcoal. Fertilizer byproducts will also be available.*
    Biochar is mixed in with the used chicken bedding and composted..

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    I'm not an expert, but when we were planning this, they were very fussy about which wood they would use.
    To get the proper heat and burn time*

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