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Charcoal Making course

The aims of our charcoal courses

The aim of this course is to give you the skills necessary to run your own hearth successfully.

The course will be taylored to the attendees requirements but will be focused around a 6ft ring kiln or one of our charcoal retorts the choice is yours, we will also run a smaller oil drum kiln and a retort, so that you will see the whole process.

We will cover:

  •        Charcoal history
  •        Selection of timber
  •        Loading the kiln
  •        Running the kiln
  •        Shutting down the burn
  •        Emptying the kiln and grading the charcoal


Charcoal making course - our ring kilns lit for the first time the 17th of July 2008

Charcoal history

The art of making charcoal has been practiced for at least 8000 years, we call it an art because it uses every human sense to get it right.

While the techniques we teach date from the 19th and 20th centuries the skills go all the way back to the first charcoal burners.

As well as the History of charcoal making we will look at the landscape and how it can help and hinder the charcoal burner.


You will also have a chance to look at our own Grown in Britain certified woodland and how we manage it, the importance of that management to the woodland and the charcoal process.

The course will be run in our own woodland based in the heart to the Hampshire Southdowns, nr Petersfield.

The course runs over 1-2 days depeding on the content and your requirements. These are truly despoke courses.

Food and refreshments

There will be an ample supply of tea/coffee on tap but no other food is provided, we can of course set up the bbq if requested.


There are a good number of local hotels and b and b’s in the area for which we can give you detail on application.


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