Biochar Kiln Demonstration: Buckeye, AZ
LOCATION: Robbins Butte Game Preserve, AZGFD (click for directions).
WORKSHOP GOAL: Raise awareness about biochar and demonstrate biochar production using a flame-cap kiln. Reduce invasive salt cedar (tamarisk).
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Biochar are charcoal particles mixed with soil. Participants will learn about building and using a portable flame cap kiln for demonstrating how to make biochar. Details such as burn permits, fire safety, a water source, and lighting and quenching the fire are discussed. Emerging markets for biochar include: 1) An agricultural and horticultural soil amendment to improve water and nutrient availability; 2) Hazardous fuels reduction in forests and wildland urban interface communities, as well as reduction of yard waste ; 3) Contaminant adsorption for dairies, landfills or mining; 4) Production of bioenergy fuels including syngas and bio-oil; and 5) direct carbon sequestration: the half-life of a biochar molecule is 1,000 years. Benefits and challenges of using biochar are discussed, including: raising awareness about biochar; creating markets; feedstock properties and variability; and matching biochar qualities to specific applications.
AUDIENCE: Hazardous fuel reduction managers and volunteers, gardeners and composters, ranchers, landfill & waste management industry, non-industrial forest lands, state, county, tribal and federal lands, mining companies, turf industry, sawmills, horticulture and agriculture industry.
Selected Extension resources about biochar:
- https://forestry.usu.edu/news/utah-forest-facts/hazardous-fuels-reductio...(link is external)