I am definitely addicted to harvesting charcoal. Since the arctic cold snap started I have been scrounging to harvest a 5 gallon pail a day but by yesterday I had completely filled my two storage barrels with ashless raw charcoal and my cooling pail was full as well. No storage left, no harvesting possible…until I just went out for the last furnace filling of the day and found at least 10 gallons of bright charcoal taunting me with flickering blue flames. I couldn’t stand to just cover them over with fresh wood so I managed to put the whole 5 gallon pail of unsifted charcoal into my sifter and shoveled five gallons of clean hot coals into the cooling pail. Now I have to get an empty barrel by tomorrow.
Wyatt I will drop off an empty barrel tomorrow if I can. I know it means more finished charcoal for me. Bwah Hah Hah!!!
If you bring me an empty barrel you can take away a full one. Happy New Year or solstice or something.
David, if you bring me a steel barrel you can take the steel one otherwise take the plastic, I can transfer cold from the steel to a plastic to make room for hot coals in the steel. You still have the locking ring for the steel barrel.
I do wyatt I just have to trudge out to the scrap pIle. I gave you your ring back…
Then feel free to take the steel barrel, but you need to bring a locking ring. You will definitely need help loading if you don’t have a ring.
Wow sounds like someone needs another gasifier to run something…
Shhhh! Don’t say that dan if he goes and does that my supply will dry up…
I am currently using a plastic lined paper leaf bag for temporary storage of cooled charcoal. Both my barrels, my cooling pail and sifter were full so rather than not harvest I started dumping cold char into a large bag that I saved in the fall. I think I now have half a bag of charcoal that I would have missed due to lack of storage.
This is the leaf bag that I have been filling since I ran out of barrel space.
And this is the barrel that David brought me this morning after dumping the leaf bag, sifter and cooling pail into it.
9 days ago I started storing charcoal in a bag since I needed a barrel. David brought me a barrel and it is now full and I am back to a bag again. I sense a pattern.
one of us needs to start burning some charcoal!!! At this rate we will plow acres not a quarter. You are going to have to clear scrap.
I could blow snow if I had the rig finished. I put my three point tow behind on my Cockshutt tractor. I will try to get your barrel back to you, i need room for bags.
Are you guys using this char for engine fuel?
The car I pull out of the furnace seems much softer and don’t have the broken glass sound like what I cook in a vessel in the furnace. I was just going to use the soft stuff as grilling and bio char