Charcoal Making

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $4,550.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $4,500.00
Region: Northeast
State: New Hampshire
Project Leader:


  • Additional Plants: trees, ornamentals


  • Crop Production: agroforestry
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, community-supported agriculture, feasibility study, market study
  • Natural Resources/Environment: afforestation

    Proposal summary:

    Small and curvy logs, branches, and other waste from softwood woodlots can be used to make charcoal, which is easy to light, produces a high, even heat, and does not contribute to air pollution. The farmer will make design improvements to an existing charcoal kiln with a focus on keeping the equipment simple, easy to operate, and profitable; he will explore demand for the product for cooking and heating.

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