Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production.
To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The plan is for it to be brought up to us early in August. Such kilns are good for making biochar. A few weeks ago we experimented with a small kiln and made some biochar at Ferry Wood.
Yesterday I did a pitch at a Dragons Den event organised by the Social Enterprise network, resulting in us getting help from local enterprise support organisation Inspiralba to develop the idea further.
The picture was taken in Northumberland and features the same kiln we have ordered from Fairley Forge.