Charcoal Making course

The aim of this course making 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 retort kilns 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


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.

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

We will also have a chance to look at the woodland we manage, and 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 South Downs, nr Petersfield.

The course runs over 2 days althought this too can be taylored to your needs.

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.


£200 for the full 3 day course

£60 per day for part course or basic charcoal course

Reductions for group booking