Originally Posted by shaycool
Prices for coal around here range from $170 per ton plus delivery charges or $220.00 a ton in 40lb bags picked up.
Ok then, on THAT note:
You can make your own wood charcoal very simply at home if you have the time and old metal barrels.
I saw the instructions recently in a book called:
Skills for Simple Living Edited by Betty Tillotson
I've read every homesteading type book out there three times, but I just found this one. Every few minutes I would say "how about that?"
DH would ask "what"?
and I'd have to tell him some fantastic new thing I'd learned...
This book was loaded with interesting tidbits...
Like charcoal gives 3 to 4 times the heat of green wood and twice the BTU's of dried wood. charcoal is not subject to decay from fungus or insects and does not deteriorate when wet.
It burns without odor or smoke and may be stored indefinitely regardless of weather conditions.
One 44 gallon oil drum will produce
about 40 lbs of charcoal a day. 2 workers with minimum experience can oversee six to eight drums at a time. ANY type of debarked, untreated wood, green or dried, hardwood OR SOFTWOOD can be used.