by J James Jenkinson
My name is James Jenkinson and I’m a biochar researcher in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. I found out about biochar when I was studying a Diploma of Permaculture at Byron Bay, NSW, in 2009-2010. At that time, I built a biochar-producing TLUD stove and helped build a biochar kiln at Mullumbimby Community Garden. Since that time, I have been designing and fabricating biochar kilns, experimenting with biochar in the garden and promoting biochar.
What is biochar?
Biochar is a fixed form of carbon produced using temperatures above 450 degrees C in an oxygen-controlled environment. Biochar can resist breaking down and remain stable in soils for potentially hundreds to thousands of years (35,000+).
Biochar is currently a hot topic of research around the world as it has a unique set of abilities to improve soil quality, increase plant growth and performance, as well as sequestering carbon.
What is the Kon-Tiki biochar kiln?
The Kon-Tiki biochar kiln is the fastest, cleanest way to make substantial batches of biochar from local unprocessed biomass, and condition it for application. The kiln was named Kon-Tiki after the Peruvian sun God, and inspired by the voyage of discovery of the Kon-Tiki raft Thor Heyerdahl sailed across the pacific.
The Kon-Tiki deep-cone flame-curtain process was developed by Dr Paul Taylor (author of ‘The Biochar Revolution’ book) and Hans-Peter Schmidt at the Ithaka Institute in Switzerland in 2014. By 2016 its use has been recorded in 63 countries.Try Pinterest.com on the ‘Kon-Tiki kiln’ (Ithaka Institute) board for a range of Kon-Tiki kiln designs in different countries. Also, see these videos for an in-depth look at how this cone technoolgy works:
Here are the technical specifications for the latest Kon-Tiki 1.2m ‘Rolls’ biochar kiln that I am hoping to build with the help of Dr Paul Taylor and Russell Burnett:
-a rolled cone made from 3mm weathering steel, dished bottom and 40mm drain
-a flatpacked cradle for easy tipping on heavy duty wheels on castors (removable) for logistics
-a flatpacked lighweight galvanised ‘quad’ (in quadrants) heat shield
What do I need to start my business?
I need 3 Kon-Tiki ‘Rolls’ biochar kilns to start my business. This is so I can begin doing educational workshops, hire myself out with a kiln and rent kilns out to interested people (bring your own feedstock) in the Barossa Valley, SA. With your help, the ‘Rolls’ will soon be for sale across Australia, RRP AUD$3000 (plus GST)
Please help by making a donation to help make this happen:
-plant a native tree in the Yarra Valley for AUD$10
-receive a copy of the fascinating, informative and practical ‘The Biochar Revolution’ book for AUD$47 (normally retailing for AUD$59 on Amazon.com.au) with free shipping
-plant 10 native trees in the Yarra Valley for AUD$100
-get a biochar consultation to build your Permachar system for home or business AUD$100
-buy a Kon-Tiki 1.2m biochar kiln – 3 options – cone on legs, cone on legs with heat shield and the ‘Rolls’ model…all at bargain prices!
Please visit my website: permachar.net for more information about biochar and it’s applications or for more information about me try LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/permachar
Thank you for your time and lets make this happen!!