A commercial biochar operation?... but that would make sense


I wonder if carbon credits are a part of their business model. From their website:


To restore the Earth for Humanity


Coolplanet was selling inoculated biochar, but they sold off that division to National Biocarbon Technologies a few years ago.

It is probably viable but the margins are thin.


Small batch sales to suburban gardeners with more money than sense; that’s where I think the profit would be. About 30-40 miles out from major cities you get these day visit “farms” with hay rides, pumpkins, apple picking and the like. Sell inoculated biochar by the half gallon in their farm shop. I’d make a little tag explaining what it is and how it works… long lasting fertilization… terra preta reference maybe? Eh - worth a shot.

At a commercial scale, I think the margins are too thin. Carbon credits go for about $100 a ton and that’s about 3 cubic yard of charcoal? I see charcoal quoted at around $900 a ton at scale and I imagine the intended use at that scale and price includes burning so no credits.


I have kicked this around, I can envision a continuous charring tube with paddles to move the material through the roughly 3 foot tube. All driven by hydraulics that are run by either charcoal or a wood gas generator and an old toyota engine… Make bio char, using wood to generate both heat and hydraulics to provide the rotory energy for both the paddles that move the wood chips and saw dust throuth the retort and hydraulics to drive rotory valves to bring the wood in and the char out without too much oxigen into the retort. I too have wondered about carbon credits. personally, I would love to incorporate this into large scale composting. Any thoughts or advice?


Basically they’re making specialized activated carbon. Interesting process: low pressure, long cook time.


It’s good to explore alternative income streams Kent. It will be a necessity for old dudes like me that exist on social security and pensions because most if not all pension funds are invested in the stock market which will go down the tubes along with the Social Security payments as our fiat currencies go into hyper inflation. Alternative incomes must be found now. No arguments required. Folks need to do some research and then Accept or reject the idea.

The problems with manufacturing bio-char are that a large and constant supply of wood is required and the EPA has all kinds of regulations. Not a lot of people are aware of the benefits and would expect a fully charged product. Another significant expense. If you found a retailer that wanted to sell it, you would be lucky to recieve 50 per cent of the end price. Farm market sales would give full profit but usually only run one day a week. Still it would be some kind of income stream, especially if you included other products, like worms and worm castings as part of your product line.
I would not have believed it if I was told beforehand but at least here, when the Covid lock downs came, within a week there was no seeds, gardening tools or supplies to be had at any of the big box stores. Panic buying because it came at the start of gardening season. We are going into another plandemic in the coming months. The same hysteria will be forth coming. Food and food production will be the most important thing. Maybe toilet paper because we never get our priorities straight :unamused: I have not considered selling through places like E bay or Amazon. That could be a way to move bio-char if they stay in business and probably the first place people would look to find a source for the stuff.


cool planet was running trials with vegetables. They demonstrated a 12,3% yield increase of marketable produce in 100 different trials claiming there is a 3:1 return on investment. I am wondering about the residual effect and what they inoculated it with.


I am not sure how special it is. What did you think of their kiln design?

I need to make some biochar, dropping it in the pond like that is a good idea.
Would these be too fine of mesh?


Around here in western Pa we have several hardwood pallet mills very close to us, plus several smaller portable mills that just leave the sawdust to rot. Clean chips and sawdust are $20 a ton and any that have dirt, is wet, or has been spilled on the ground is free.
I have also heard that biochar has been used as a feed additive for cattle-fed grain. Helps with digestion and increased feed efficiency.