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    Reducing Hazardous Fuels

    Using Low Cost Biochar Kilns in Four Utah Counties 2017-2018 USU Extension Grant

    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: 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


    Watch YouTube video of full biochar process.

    Pictures from DIY Biochar Workshop, May 22, 2017

    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

    biochar samples

    Biochar samples