Oil Drum Karma

At re:char we give oil drums a second chance to do something helpful for the environment. Below is how this happens.

Kibuye Market – Kisumu, Kenya.

Kibuye is a jua kali haven; a place where local metalworkers thrive. It’s also the place where our good friend Fred works. Fred ships emptied oil drums from the Kenyan port city of Mombasa to his shop where he proceeds make the drum tops in to tool boxes, bowls, and other useful items. The drums, we buy from him.

At the drop of a hat Fred can load up a lorry with 150 drums and start them on their way toward carbon sequestration. First stop: Bungoma, Kenya.

Once they arrive at the re:char production site they are unloaded and prepared for their new function.

Primary air intakes and collection chambers are fabricated. Heat insulation wraps are added. Heavy gauge steel lids and chimneys are designed and attached.

The drum is now a Rutuba Kiln.

Once an inventory has been established, fully fabricated and packaged kilns are loaded in to smaller lorries and sent to distribution nodes around western Kenya.

Sales teams operating in the designated areas source kilns from these inventory nodes each time a sale is made. Delivery is arranged, often by motorbike (piki piki), and the kilns start their new lives on small hold western Kenyan farms as producers of organic, carbon negative biochar.

After about a week of use, that drum will have sequestered more atmospheric carbon than was produced by the burning of the oil it previously contained.

Karmic balance achieved.

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