Charcoal production techniques in SOUTH AFRICA

VUTHISA has been on the forefront of improving emissions from pyrolysis equipment especially of the type used in developing countries.  Herewith our concept document to make sense of the charcoal industry in South Africa. Our study includes the types of systems being used and approximate cost of such systems and market potential of charcoal. Part … Continue reading Charcoal production techniques in SOUTH AFRICA

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Filing Cabinet Smoker DIY Video

Ever wondered how some butcheries smoke their meat? Build your own cold smoker and experience the thrill of creating your own smoked sausages, chicken fillets, pork ribs, pork belly that can be carved into bacon strips etc; etc. Place a heating source (in our case carbonized Casuarina wood) into the bottom drawer and some wood … Continue reading Filing Cabinet Smoker DIY Video

Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution ~ Vuthisa Biochar Retort

Biomass beneficiation solution: Vuthisa Biochar Retort The basic Vuthisa Biochar Retort (Kiln Kit) consists of: 4 Main kiln side sections bolted together with 64 x bolt/nut/spring washer assemblies and 128 washers. 4 x Channel Iron air inlets 2 x Collars 1 x Heavy Duty Rounded Flat Lid with Chimney Flange 3 x Open top reconditioned … Continue reading Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution ~ Vuthisa Biochar Retort

Hand operated briquette press – utilizing waste paper and sawdust

  Firewood dependence for cooking in the developing world has resulted in forests being depleted at a rate of 2.5 to 3% per year. It is here in the poorest parts of the world that villagers spend a good portion of their time gathering wood to cook, heat and make charcoal. To counter this dependence … Continue reading Hand operated briquette press – utilizing waste paper and sawdust

Biochar production from Vineyard grape waste

We just concluded a successful 3-day Biochar demonstration on two prominent Vineyards in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. See this video of the kiln in action: Also see our updates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vuthisa/ Best results were achieved by bottom-lighting the kiln. We have drawn up a discussion document for applying Biochar to the soil in vineyards and orchards. … Continue reading Biochar production from Vineyard grape waste

Sneak preview of our new IP

by Kobus Venter Well done to Troy Manufacturing for again being able to translate our drawings into workable solutions. Most components are laser-cut, but many add-ons are hand made. The quality of the welding is also top class. All components are in direct contact with fire so none will be painted. They all come together … Continue reading Sneak preview of our new IP

The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative

By Kobus Venter Welcome to the 'Vuthisa Biochar Initiative' blog page. On this page you will learn more about our project and what we hope to achieve. The project officially kicked off in December 2013. The project actually has many outcomes, but the primary goals are: Create Employment - Up to 30 workers will be … Continue reading The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative

Vuthisa Biochar Trials Ivory Coast – Part 1

By Kobus Venter Here we have Ivoire Consommation from Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) using the Vuthisa 3-Drum Biochar Retort. A concerted effort was made by Kouamé Bahfi (owner of Ivoire Consommation) to make Biochar and promote it as a soil amendment in his region. In this video Gmelina was carbonized (bought in), using twigs and … Continue reading Vuthisa Biochar Trials Ivory Coast – Part 1

Vuthisa Biochar Trials Guatemala – Part 1

Herewith Part 1 of the trials and tribulations of starting a Biochar project in Guatemala. Emphasis is on manufacturing Biochar from invasive alien species in the forests of Guatemala, without creating excessive air pollution. Using a retort system means that gaseous products that are normally vented unburnt are in fact now utilised to provide the … Continue reading Vuthisa Biochar Trials Guatemala – Part 1

What is a Rocket Stove?

By Vuthisa Dr. Larry Winiarski, now Technical Director of Aprovecho, began developing the Rocket stove in 1980 and invented the principles of the Rocket stove in 1982. The Winiarski Rocket stove's simple design and use of common materials make it easily modified for optimal performance. In the last 29 years, variations of the Rocket stove … Continue reading What is a Rocket Stove?

Is it better to burn wood or charcoal?

By Kobus Venter Is it better to burn wood or charcoal? Half the World's population of nearly six billion people prepare their food and heat their homes with coal and the traditional biomass fuels of dung, crop residues, wood and charcoal  (Inheriting the world: The atlas of children's health and the environment, by Bruce Gordon, … Continue reading Is it better to burn wood or charcoal?