Jacques Gauthier

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Dar Helwig wrote:My preferred method for making charcoal is to use 5 gallon paint pails with the lids. I put the wood in them and lower them into my 55 gallon burn barrel. Problem is that those steel pails are getting mighty rare. Does anyone know what industries or business still use them (instead of the plastic pails)? Or, do you have any ideas for another kind of container? I don't what to do the whole thing of creating a charcoal retort like the fancy youtube guy make. I'm not the handy and don't have the time or ambition. I just want some steel 5 gallon buckets with lids.



What about a used water heater tank, those are made of steel.   Some people have made them from bricks and pottery:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrTaISI9fm4
2 years ago
You can keep the digester warm using the Jean Pain method by surrounding the digester tank with decomposing compacted wood chips. A big compost pile will keep it hot even in winter. The compost pile Jean Pain was using heated a hot water heater for his home and kept a digester warm to supply bio gas for cooking in his kitchen.

You can look at this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVCaczil4W4

6 years ago