Biochar Charging & Harvesting It

  • Published on Feb 13, 2021
  • Hi Folks! In this episode we revisit charging and inoculating the biochar we make on the Farm. We'll show an example of a harvest of "cured" biochar that is ready for application plus walk you through one of the many processes that can be used to get biochar into a more usable form in the Farm and Garden. We also spend some time discussing the various ways that charging and inoculating can be done, many of them low to no cost!
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Comments • 85

  • Garth Wunsch

    I really appreciate your obvious depth of knowledge!!! Thank you for sharing. I attempted to make biochar from purchased charcoal that was intended for BBQ’a. I phoned the company to ensure there were no chemical additives. I then immersed the product in manure tea for a month or two, then crushed it using my old Kemp hammer mill shredder - works great with a tarp strapped up around it contain the material. BUT… when I incorporated it into my potting mix (purchased Pro Mix) at 10% every single plant was dwarfed, and some never got over it after being transplanted. I was able to salvage most of the starts by applying compost extract (as per Soil Food Web - Dr. Ingham) The manure was aged horse stored outside, so not much nitrogen left in it and I suspect that char was absorbing the lion’s share of the nutrients. Based on your experience, I will incorporate at 2%.

  • Mark Jakubek
    Mark Jakubek Year ago +4

    Great video. Once you are ready to use this charged biochar as potting mix, do you use it as is or do you mix it with other products to develop your own potting mix? This is very interesting!

  • Brandi Isbell

    This video speaks straight to my heart. I make biochar every year and like you I do open burn. I have never thought of using flour in my charging mix but I will now. I have access to a lot of wood and I prepare all summer for making biocharI. I make really big fires.But I used something that is shocking to some people but I use it and I have great success with it. I use deer bones from my local processor. When my fire is good and hot I add the bones and more wood. A harvest the coals from the bottom of the burn with an old shovel and put them in a 55 gallon metal drum half full of water and I keep a water hose close by. This quick quenching also helps with the fracking of the Embers. It's an all-day event and one of my favorite days of the year and the next day I do the charging. And just like you I like to have all my ingredients ready before I do the bioburn. Last year I made 120 lbs of bio bone char and now I probably have 10lbs left. I can't wait till the end of October so I can start the process all over again. I have two friends coming this year because they want to learn the process also. It sure will be nice to have some help. And teach this beautiful process to people that are eager to learn. Thank you for all your great videos. You are a great inspiration to me and I would love to know your opinion on using the deer bones

  • Sarah Christine
    Sarah Christine Year ago +4

    Love the idea of doing this at home. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Steven Peeters

    Just learned about the first steps, this was helpful. Thank you sir!

  • Parmbir Dhaliwal
    Parmbir Dhaliwal Year ago +4

    Learning new sustainable techniques from every video of yours . Thanks a ton for sharing.

  • Ruthless Cardigan

    Great video, very easy to watch, tons of good information ranging from beginner level to advanced.

  • Hugh Courchesne

    Would this help acid loving plants like blueberries?

  • Tim Yates

    This is by far the best two part videos on biochar ive seen. The explanations of your methodology ,your attention to detail and thoroughness of the process really makes this a top notch educational time investment. I only wish i had happened across it ten videos ago !!! hahaha well im glad i hit the gold on my last try . Thanks very much , I really appreciate your efforts I cant wait to use this method . Great video .Take care

  • Anne Beck

    Have to say the easiest looking method ever! Someone else used an old feed/seed sack to crush big pieces in, stomping on it.

  • James Henderson

    Great video! where can you purchase the black tray you used for mixing the biochar?

  • 9 3
    9 3 Year ago +1

    Great video. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Bernanos2
    Bernanos2 Year ago

    Can you use soybean meal or cottonseed meal as a nitrogen source? This is a great site!

  • Randell Hicks

    Grass clippings is a great source of nitrogen. Great video!!!

  • Parmbir Dhaliwal
    Parmbir Dhaliwal Year ago +5

    We have high temperature like Arizona in India . Hope this can be a wonderful ingredient for hot climate.

  • Jo Cox
    Jo Cox  +1

    Can I use LABS mix with molasses/brown sugar like the one you made in one of your video to inaculate the biochar?

  • Ruthless Cardigan

    protip: don't let environmental noise throw you off your game, just ignore it and keep on filming

  • Dwardo Dwardo
    Dwardo Dwardo 21 day ago +1

    Your presentation is more informative than the college studies that they have made videos on. I'd like to know how you got so much mycrorizal growth. Thank you for sharing.

  • Benjamin Buquid
    Benjamin Buquid 16 hours ago

    What is the ratio of flour, molasses and the charcoal to be mix?

  • Moby Picks

    What did you inoculate it with?