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.

Regione di origine
Tipo di legno
Legno riciclato o usato
Origine del legno
potenziale di mobilitazione
> 20'000 m³ for Switzerland
Tipo di legno in questione
Residual and waste wood
potenziale sostenibilità
Nutzen regionaler Ressourcen und verbessertes Waldmanagement
Impatto sull'ambiente e la biodiversità

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

Facilità di implementazione
Retort must be purchased. Coal production is simple.
Impatto economico
Added value for the local wood value chain
Effetto sul lavoro
Generates local employment
Effetto sul reddito
higher margin
conoscenze specifiche necessarie
I costi di attuazione (Euro - €)
30000.00 €
1 ° Dominio (principale)
Prodotti, mercati, il commercio
industrie forestali, bio / economia circolare
Parole chiave
Charcoal upcycling retort
Sfida risolta
6. Far crescere bioeconomia foresta a base attraverso l'uso circolare e prodotti a valore aggiunto
soluzione digitale
Paese d'origine
Regione di origine
Scala di applicazione
Regionale / sub-nazionale
Inizio e fine anno
2023 - 2025
Proprietario o autore
References and Resources
Progetto di riferimento
Barbecue charcoal and biochar
Progetto nell'ambito del quale questa scheda è stata creata
Rosewood 4.0