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

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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

Charcoal from invasive alien tree species

By Vuthisa We recently concluded a feasibility study into the viability of rolling out portable metal kilns to eradicate invasive alien tree species. The cattle farm in question is situated in Franklin, approximately 30 km North of Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. To achieve this task we adapted the Portable Kiln system and made it into … Continue reading Charcoal from invasive alien tree species

Biochar as a soil amendment and carbon sequestering tool

By Vuthisa It is surprising how many people cart away their yard waste (renewable biomass) to landfill sites or dispose thereof in open burns until only ash remains.  I say: Make your own biochar instead. What is biochar and what is the difference between biochar and charcoal? They are identical in many respects, but the … Continue reading Biochar as a soil amendment and carbon sequestering tool

Make charcoal in your own backyard

Make charcoal in your own backyard with a Portable Charcoal Kiln.