Re: Slash pile burning


d.michael.shafer@gmail.com
 

Is this a regular event? Are we talking large numbers of piles? The potential for large quantities of biochar? Is there a potential market for the biochar? What is the context now and going forward? That is, is there reason to invest time and thought and perhaps money in devising a workable, long-term solution, or is this a one off with no future? Or, even if it is a long-term problem, it's not feasible from a business point of view because there is no potential to cover the costs of solving it, paying for labor, etc.?

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On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM, Ross Hunt <rossahunt@...> wrote:
 

The piles are usually huge. 15-20m diameter and 5-6m high. Logs are 0.1- 0.25m diameter. 
To make it worse , they burn when its cool and damp, outside of forest fire season. 
The only partial solution i see so far is to make  more pyramid or cone shapes and top light, then maybe bury hot ash with a bulldozer. Dousing with water does not seem to be an option because of the huge volume. 

Ross

On 2014-04-09, at 4:11 AM, "d.michael.shafer@..." <d.michael.shafer@...> wrote:

 

It depends on the size of the pile. I am currently working on a portable (as in, easily disassembled for transport by pickup), in-field unit that is 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 1.5 m. It can be assembled around a pile provided that the pile is not so dense that the chimney cannot be inserted.

Top light.

Will be testing newest prototype in about 2 weeks (have national holiday to deal with). Photos and plans then if you like.


Michael Shafer



Michael Shafer Director , Warm Heart
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On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM, Ross Hunt <rossahunt@...> wrote:
 

Does anyone have any information on turning logging slash piles into biochar ? What are some new techniques ? Are any pile burns using top lit method ?

Ross



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