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Do it yourself charcoal sifter

biochar sifter

Collecting charcoal from wood stove ashes is easy with a DIY charcoal sifter.

We've been using this simple design for 4 years with no problems.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Other than pouring water through it to make lye, and then adding fat to make soap, what do you do with the charcoal?
Comment by Nayan Sun Dec 21 16:42:15 2014
Both charcoal and ash are important soil amendments on my homestead. I was surprised to see your ash just dumped on the ground. I store mine out of the rain until I need to use it. Just this past week I spread three trashcanfuls on the back pasture and still need another 1/2 can full to finish the job. As for e charcoal, I soak it in urine prior to adding it to the compost. What do you do with yours?
Comment by Su Ba Sun Dec 21 19:05:04 2014





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