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#1 rogeryermaw

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

We should take a class from this guy. We really make tlud too complicated.


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 01:16 AM

For those who want to see how wood was charcoaled for BP when BP was the established military propellant have a look at

 

 https://royalgunpowd...-Reprint-Series

 

It's the UK's prime museum of Black Powder and other propellants. 



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:00 AM

This method of making charcoal is nearly identical to the one I saw featured on an episode of "how it's made". The show exhibited the use of coconut husks to make grilling charcoal in a mud brick TLUD.

I recall as a teen visiting colonial Williamsburg and seeing a blacksmith making charcoal in a trench covered with green branches and leaves then topped with dirt.

I can't say that any of these methods are easier than our retort cans or TLUD cooker but it sure does make a lot of charcoal at once if your willing to put in the hard work.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:55 AM

I was just impressed by how we agonize over the right materials, perfect surface area and count of air holes etc. He piles wood, packs mud around it, digs a few holes a go! Seems it worked quite well.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 01:24 PM

Now if only getting the rest of the supplies were as cheap and being self reliance as he is at making charcoal. Oh well............. :mellow: Pat



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:57 PM

Oh Pat it is nice to know these teqniques but I feel fortunate to not need to use them. I'd like to try my hand at harvesting all the raw ingredients for BP from my surroundings at least once in my life.

I'm certain it wouldn't be as good as modern pure ingredients but it would be functional and give a sense of self reliance.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 03:20 PM

Oh Pat it is nice to know these teqniques but I feel fortunate to not need to use them. I'd like to try my hand at harvesting all the raw ingredients for BP from my surroundings at least once in my life.

I'm certain it wouldn't be as good as modern pure ingredients but it would be functional and give a sense of self reliance.

Do you happen to have a resident volcano or sulphur spring nearby? lol


Come on! Name one other hobby in which you cheer as your money and hard work go up in smoke!

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 03:57 PM

Haha,no Patric last time I checked there are no volcanos in Pittsburgh. I do have a abandoned coal mine nearby with high sulfur content in the coal but have not yet found a way to extract it, nor do I want to go poking around a long abandoned mine. I'll keep my eyes open for other potential sources, we do have high sulfer content in our well water but I'm sure it would take an awful lot to produce a usable amount.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:11 AM

a more usable approach would be to calcine sulfur bearing minerals in a sealed retort. they are pretty much everywhere.






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