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Kelpie Wilson
Oregon, USA
I am a mechanical engineer by training, a writer and analyst by profession and a lover of nature, gardens, beauty and art.
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Here is a report my on my Biochar Workshop Tour of Nebraska and Kansas during the last week of March. Heather Nobert of Nebraska Forest Service was a wonderful host and we had a great time road-tripping through the Great Plains, eating lots of steak, ribs and cabbage rolls -... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Deliverables from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant: On-Farm Production and Use of Biochar for Composting with Manure During the course of this three year project, we manufactured more than 30 kilns and made about 75 cubic yards of biochar that got used in cattle barns, goat barns, rabbit hutches, chicken... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Here is a report my on my Biochar Workshop Tour of Nebraska and Kansas during the last week of March. Heather Nobert of Nebraska Forest Service was a wonderful host and we had a great time road-tripping through the Great Plains, eating lots of steak, ribs and cabbage rolls -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Backyard Biochar
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During the course of this three year project, we manufactured more than 30 kilns and made about 75 cubic yards of biochar that got used in cattle barns, goat barns, rabbit hutches, chicken coops, horse stables, alpaca barns, worm bins and outhouses. We did many pot trials and several field... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Backyard Biochar
*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* Kelpie Wilson's Biochar Workshop Schedule for March 2018 I will be giving biochar workshops and kiln demonstrations in Oregon, Nebraska and Kansas this month. I hope you can join me at one of these events. If you have friends and colleagues near to one of these venues, I hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Backyard Biochar
*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* Kelpie Wilson's Biochar Workshop Schedule for March 2018 I will be giving biochar workshops and kiln demonstrations in Oregon, Nebraska and Kansas this month. I hope you can join me at one of these events. If you have friends and colleagues near to one of these venues, I hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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A big shout-out of thanks to Ian Fisher's students at the Umpqua Community College Welding Department! They have completed a set of drawings for the Oregon Kiln and for the Ring of Fire Kiln. Please share these far and wide. These are open source designs created by the Umpqua Biochar... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Backyard Biochar
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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a program to support conservation practices, called the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). From the NRCS website: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) presents a significant shift in how the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides conservation program payments. CSP participants will receive an annual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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ON-FARM PRODUCTION AND USE OF BIOCHAR FOR COMPOSTING WITH MANURE - Report presented to NRCS Oregon Technical Advisory Committee in Salem, OR, November 9, 2017. Download UBET CIG NRCS Salemsm LOW-TECH FLAME CARBONIZERS FOR BIOCHAR PRODUCTION: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS Utah State University Learn at Lunch Webinar with Kelpie Wilson, presented... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
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Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
Flame kiln technology for making biochar is catching on all over the world. Flame kilns take many forms, from simple pits to re-purposed containers of all types, to manufactured units. Below is a list of links to flame kiln developers. If you would like your site listed here, please contact... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
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Please help us get the word out about the upcoming Utah State University Learn at Lunch Webinar: LOW-TECH FLAME CARBONIZERS FOR BIOCHAR PRODUCTION: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS Date: July 25, 2017, 12 pm (MDT) Speaker: Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates Biochar is made by applying heat to biomass in the absence... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
One of the objectives we have for developing the Oregon Kiln is to see if it can work for arborists and foresters working on private land. In our region, many people have trees or small forests on their land that need management, including thinning and brush disposal. Often, professionals are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
Reducing Hazardous Fuels Using Low Cost Biochar Kilns In Four Utah Counties - Wilson Biochar Associates supplied biochar kilns and educational resources for the project. More info here: http://www.utahbiomassresources.org/biochar/biochar-research-utah/reducing-hazardous-fuels-using-low-cost-biochar-kilns-in-four-utah-counties And here is a video of the biochar demonstration we did for this project on May 17, 2017: Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
Dear Backyard Biochar enthusiasts, My posting here has been slow because all the latest, greatest stuff is going up at the Umpqua Biochar Education Team site: www.ubetbiochar.blogspot.com. I am working on a two-year grant from USDA-NRCS with the UBET group helping local farmers make and use biochar for managing manure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
WBA is taking orders for our Oregon Kiln designs. We have two models: the Oregon Forestry Kiln and the Oregon Backyard Kiln. The only difference is the size. Current Prices (will go up when steel prices go up): Forestry Kiln – 40 cf capacity - $950 ($475 deposit – non-refundable)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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Download Smoke-Into-Biochar-flyer Please Distribute Widely! Safe Burn Practices for Recovering Biochar for Use in Soil and Compost Biochar Have you heard about the benefits of Biochar? Biochar is charcoal that you can add to soil or compost. It helps retain moisture and nutrients and it promotes beneficial microbes in soil.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Backyard Biochar
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Kudos to the Warm Heart team for developing a series of trough-shaped Flame Carbonizers designed to work with a diverse array of feedstocks available to small farmers in Thailand and elsewhere. These kilns are similar to the pyramid shaped kilns except they are elongated into troughs in order to accommodate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Backyard Biochar
http://www.capitalpress.com/Research/20160902/western-innovator-farmers-test-biochars-benefits Check it out - very nice article highlighting the work I am doing with farmers through a Conservation Innovation Grant from NRCS. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Wilson Biochar Associates
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CALENDAR – see below for event details October 15 – Biochar Expo, Umpqua Community College, Roseburg POSTPONED to OCT 29 October 20 – Biochar presentation at the Josephine County Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Meeting, Grants Pass October 22 – Bokashi and Biochar Class at the Fall Fermentation Festival,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Backyard Biochar
Here's a presentation I gave at the Char Production Gathering at Aprovecho in August. Tried to compile everything I have learned about Flame Cap Kilns and other simple carbonizers for making biochar. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Backyard Biochar
We fired up two of the Oregon Kilns in a suburban setting in Cave Junction last Saturday - real Backyard Biochar! Had lots of help so it was a smooth run. We ran out of feedstock, or we could have made a lot more biochar. Here's a video: Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Backyard Biochar
Here's a checklist of things you need to consider when planning a biochar burn: You need a water source, first of all, both for safety and for quenching the char. Several shovels and rakes for spreading and cooling the char when it's done. Old steel roofing material is helpful for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Backyard Biochar
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Daisy Hill Farm owner Meadow Martell was happy that we made a big dent in a multi-year accumulation of old grape vines, blackberries and other woody waste. Meadow covered the piles back in the fall with used truck tarps from Sharp's Tarps in Grants Pass (a great resource, people!). As... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Backyard Biochar
Check out this report from the Biochar Journal on a global effort to crank out some char using Kon Tiki and other Flame Cap Kilns: https://www.biochar-journal.org/en/ct/64-CHARday-Report-2015 Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Backyard Biochar