Links and Resources

A list of the various links used in posts on the website as well as additional resources that may be useful. This is just the start of a growing list.

Assembly and firing of an open burn kiln with flame cap

An A to Z video demonstration of a portable open fire kiln.

Biochar - Making it in the wood stove AND heating our home

Using a hotel pan to make biochar and use the gas to help heat the home. Here is a similar video using a dollar yard-sale baking pan.


An. inventory of techniques to produce biochar in a smoke-free environment that avoids slash-burn piles in the forests.  It is applicable to many other purposes.

Biochar Production

A very comprehensive manual on biochar production for forestry, farm, and community.

Biochar Production for Forestry, Farms, and Communities

A very comprehensive manual of different methods and techniques for making biochar for specific end-users.  The illustration is a 600 power microscopic image of biochar showing its sponge-like properties.

Can This Thermometer Help America Reopen Safely?

“So far Kinsa’s atypical-fever data has identified Covid-19 outbreak trends early — the company notes that it has pinpointed case spikes in major Covid-19 epicenters on average 14 days before the first Covid-19-related death.”

Charcoal Pits in the Northeast

Scattered through the woods in the Northeast are remains of other methods where charcoal was more commonly made during the colonial era.


“By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn you can significantly reduce emissions (visible smoke and invisible chemicals and particles) from agricultural burns in your community and conserve resources, especially carbon. You will also learn how to produce biochar, a valuable soil amendment, in the process.” Peter Hirst, consultant

Dr. Hugh McLaughlin

Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE has a professional consulting practice in Chemical Engineering. He is an expert on the properties and production of chars, created by pyrolyzing biomass, and the subsequent conversion to activated carbons.

Everything You Know About Composting is Wrong: Mike McGrath

Believe it or not, an entertaining talk on how composting our household garbage and raking up our leaves is all wrong.

Hydrogen as Fuel? An Italian Pasta Factory Shows How It Could Work.

The major problem with renewable energy is what to do when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow. Storage. This article shows how hydrogen can be used for storing energy rather than producing it.

Low-tech flame carbonizers for biochar production: Theory and Applications

A video of Kelpie Wilson showing just about all the different ways of making biochar with an evaluation of the process and purpose each one.

New England Biochar

“New England Biochar LLC specializes in building biochar production systems on a small to community scale.”

Northwest Natural Resource Group

A wealth of information about biomass that is scattered throughout the website. This paper on biochar is particularly helpful.

One-step test provides rapid and sensitive Covid-19 detection

“The ability to test for Covid-19 at home, or even in pharmacies or places of employment, could be a game-changer for getting people safely back to work and into their communities,” says Feng Zhang, a co-inventor of the CRISPR genome editing technology…”

Removal of atmospheric CO2 by rock weathering holds promise for mitigating climate change

Large-scale removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere might be achieved through enhanced rock weathering. It now seems that this approach is as promising as other strategies, in terms of cost and CO2-removal potential.” By Johannes Lehnmann & Angela Possing

The Inventions and Works of Dr. Thomas Reed

“Tom Reed is a chemist and an inventor with more than a dozen patents, an author, and an expert in many areas of renewable energy.”

This Pandemic Is Bringing Another With It: More suffering is ahead for the developing world.

By Nicholas Kristof. April 22, 2020

Another pandemic is looming on the heels of the coronavirus: a pandemic of starvation, illiteracy and poverty.

What is Biochar?

“Biochar technology shows promise in mitigating climate change and improving soil quality, as well as reducing waste and producing energy as a byproduct. But what exactly is biochar and what is it made of?” Regeneration website.

What’s a Pulse Oximeter, and Do I Really Need One at Home?

A tiny fingertip device can give you valuable information about your health during a bout of Covid-19 or any respiratory illness.