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Making Charcoal
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DeadCarp    Posted 07-13-2003 at 10:19:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was fooling around (burning the paint off) with some leftover parts from a pressure tank the other nite and of all things, it made charcoal! Not only that, it extinguished itself so no babysitting would be needed. Maybe i invented a handy thing ----- :) Anybody know how it's SUPPOSED to be made?

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 07-13-2003 at 11:19:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yea I know and have seen it happen many times years ago. As kids we found out we could make charcoal too. We also learned that the right mixture of charcoal, sulfer and salt peter would make gun powder and make our own fireworks.

To make charcoal you neet to stack your wood in a teepee shape(any higth) with something to lite it in the bottom center. The stack can be as small or as tall as you want. The old dude next door used to build a pile bigger than our house but as a kid I made them about the size of a bowling ball. Once you have the wood in place cover it with a wet toe sack and dirt leaving a small hole at the bottom and top. Lite it and wait for it to cave in then put the fire out and pick up the charcoal.
Mr. Lett Neuman used to sell what he made in big sacks down at the local stores. I bet Clod remembers him.

Clod    Posted 07-13-2003 at 12:00:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ofcouse I remember Mr Neuman my father used to work in his garage long ago.There is a lot of good info on doing things the old ways in Lindseys publications.It can be found online to but the booklets or get a catalog.I remember a booklet on charcoal makeing but they showed how to build the brick oven so you could control air mixture.I might find the siteThis day and age you might not want to mention the ability to create crude explosives.Ha ha~

Dave Smith    Posted 07-13-2003 at 13:17:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How many Zip guns did you make?
Dave <*)))><

Clod    Posted 07-13-2003 at 13:55:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember of the zip guns but never made one.I think they used to be illegal.but i dont remember well.

Dave Smith    Posted 07-13-2003 at 15:30:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I made several. You could hit the side of a barn if you were standing inside the barn. Yes they were and still are illegal.

Clod    Posted 07-13-2003 at 12:11:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was looking online and found one that looks easy.How to make charcoal in a 55 gallon steel drum.This is good to know if you like charcoal because you can control things and come up with more charcoal and less waste.

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