How to make premium charcoal

How to make premium charcoal

For some charcoal is all the same. Essentially it’s just carbonised wood. However the devil is in the details

So if you want to make some premium charcoal, here’s a step by step instruction for you

1) The wood. You can make charcoal out of almost any wood. However every tree is unique. It’s a bit like picking grapes for wine. Wood species and climate of the forest decides what output you will get. Since we are speaking of premium charcoal, you need high density wood so that you maximise heat output and longevity.

For us, it’s Karelian birch all way long. Growing in severe northern conditions, it has uniquely high density to endure the climate. Therefore perfect material to use in our work. Why not use South American trees? Well, their density is often as high as that of birch. However, there is another factor - the tannins.

2) The flavour

Cooking food on charcoal is a fun process. However different charcoal will bring different flavour to your food. That’s where the tannins come. The more there are in the wood, the more bitter and burning flavour you get. Karelian birch only has 15% of those, while most other trees have 50-60%. So with birch we can get the food to taste just as it’s meant to. So, we’ve got the wood covered, what’s next?

3) The kiln

To carbonise the wood, you need proper equipment to make the pyrolysis process go as well as possible. There are several technologies used. Equipment matters at this stage. You want your premium charcoal to have big lumps and to have high carbon content to burn hot for a long time. To achieve that, your kiln needs to have good heat isolation to keep the carbinisation as high as possible. Also, good charcoal needs time to be ready, so you need 2-3 days for each batch to be fully ready.

If you are still reading this, thank you, our copywriter really tried to put all the technical info and insights which took us 5 years to get to. We will happily tell you more how to launch production of premium charcoal. However, it’s much easier to order it from our website and wait for a 48 hours delivery instead of having 5 years of try and error!

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