Workshop | Utah Biomass Resources USU

    Kiln Workshop: Reducing Hazardous Fuels

    Using Metal Kilns in Four Utah Counties to Reduce Hazardous Fuels and Make Biochar

    PI: Darren McAvoy

    Co-PI(s): Andree Walker, Urban Director, Salt Lake County; Dennis Worwood, Director, Emery County; Troy Cooper, Director, Duchesne County; Sterling Banks, Director, Summit County

    PARTNERS: USU Extension, Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates


    This project will develop low cost biochar kiln operations in Utah. Simple biochar kilns will be purchased, a workshop and a subsequent demonstration will be conducted. The kilns will operate in in four counties in Utah on private land. Target audience includes wildland firefighters, arborists, fruit growers, and Master Gardeners.


    1. Introduce biochar kilns to the Utah wildland fire community, arborists, loggers and landowners as a means of hazardous fuels reduction
    2. Reduce hazardous fuels
    3. Sequester carbon
    4. Make value from trash (biochar from waste wood)
    5. Distribute biochar to Utah producers for soil amendment



     do it yourself workshop

    Wind screen for biochar kiln

     adding wood to the bin

    Loading wood into biochar kiln

     preparring to light wood on fire

    Loading wood into biochar kiln

     kelpie wilson describing biochar top burn technique

    Kelpie Wilson describing biochar top burn technique

     early burn

    Early burn

     mid burn

    Mid burn

     stirring to distribute heat evenly

    Stirring to distribute heat evenly

     finished biochar

    Finished biochar

     Watch YouTube video of full biochar process.