Retort for the production of barbecue charcoal and biochar from local waste wood

Retort for the production of barbecue charcoal and biochar from local waste wood Olis coal

Charcoal and biochar from waste wood
Barbecue charcoal often reaches consumers via long transportation routes and from dubious sources. Locally produced charcoal from scrap sawmill or landscape wood would be much more ecological. A small retort with a capacity of 1m3 of wood and complete exclusion of oxygen can be used to convert local wood into high-quality charcoal. For this purpose, wood cuttings from a local sawmill or poor quality hardwood are manually fed into the retort and converted into coal of the highest quality over 4 - 8 hours. This can generate additional income on a forestry operation or a part-time farm and also reduce the burden on the environment. The waste heat can be used via a heat exchanger to heat living space or for drying processes, e.g. in the timber industry.
Charcoal retort

In 2018, Oliver Reinhard, a young forest science student, discovered that most barbecue charcoal bought in Switzerland comes from faraway countries such as Poland or Namibia.
The sources are often obscure and the quality inferior, meaning that a lot of smoke and harmful exhaust gases are produced during combustion.
Oliver has solved the problem by producing his own charcoal from waste from a neighboring sawmill and using a retort with complete exclusion of oxygen. This locally produced barbecue charcoal sells well to sustainability-conscious customers and barbecue professionals.

Región de origen
Tipo de madera
Madera reciclada o de desecho
Origen de la madera
Potencial de movilización
> 20'000 m³ for Switzerland
Tipo de madera afectada
Residual and waste wood
Potencial de sostenibilidad
Nutzen regionaler Ressourcen und verbessertes Waldmanagement
Impacto en el medio ambiente y la biodiversidad

Reduces overexploitation in forests abroad.
Reduces transportation.
Avoids harmful exhaust gases.

Facilidad de aplicación
Retort must be purchased. Coal production is simple.
Impacto económico
Added value for the local wood value chain
Efecto sobre el empleo
Generates local employment
Efecto sobre los ingresos
higher margin
Conocimientos específicos necesarios
Costes de implementación (Euro - €)
30000.00 €
Productos, mercados, comercio
Industrias forestales, economía biocircular
Palabras clave
Charcoal upcycling retort
Reto abordado
6. Hacer crecer la bioeconomía forestal mediante el uso circular y los productos de valor añadido
Solución digital
País de origen
Región de origen
Escala de aplicación
Año de inicio y fin
2023 - 2025
Datos de contacto
Propietario o autor
References and Resources
Referencia del proyecto
Barbecue charcoal and biochar
Proyecto bajo el que se ha creado esta ficha
Rosewood 4.0