Author Archive | luke

Green Pyromania Class

In the Bay Area? Check out our class on biochar production and rocket stoves. I’ll be demonstrating assembly of our DIY climate kiln as well as coaching attendees on how to monitor a burn for optimal biochar production. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to make their own biochar from agricultural waste and apply […]

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Biochar & Farm Profits

We’re excited to read a working paper from our friend Andrew Crane-Droesch on biochar’s effects in Western Kenya.  Andrew focuses on what matters most to farmers: how does biochar impact farm profitability? Andrew reaches some exciting conclusions: “We estimate that biochar increased crop yields between 20 and 40%, while reducing fertilizer expenditure and increasing farm-level profitability […]

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Visit Us At Maker Faire

re:char is excited to participate in this year’s Maker Faire. Join us May 19th and 20th in San Mateo for two exciting days of DIY creations and open-source fun. We’ll have our newest shipping-container-based factory present and in operation. Stop byShop-In-A-Box #002  to make biochar with our Climate Kiln, sew your own vertical garden, and […]

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How Many Climate Kilns Can We Build In 4 Days?

Short answer: at least 50. Elaboration: Our Shop-In-A-Box has produced 50 climate kilns in just 4 days, thanks to the hard work of Tom Ochieng and Paul Manda. Even faced with numerous continuing technical challenges, our first 2 hires in Kenya have proved themselves capable of exceeding our initial production goal of 300 units per month. […]

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Alive, Off-Grid, and In Production

It is with great exhaustion, occasional disaster, and much pride that I present Western Kenya’s newest factory: re:char Shop-In-A-Box #001. In the end, delivery took 4 and a half months: over twice as long as we had hoped and planned. The delivery truck had performance issues, to put it mildly: if I shifted our Land […]

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Shipping Containers As Factories / Houses

I presented some of my ideas about shipping containers to Dorkbot Austin yesterday, and a good time was had by all (especially me). Here’s video: And, here’s the presentation:   I think I’ve got a useful (and sexy!) object of my infatuation:)

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Climate Kiln Goes To Haiti

We’re excited any time one of our climate kilns is purchased. But, one recent deployment was particularly thrilling: our friends at Carbon Roots International have successfully deployed a climate kiln as part of their CharBon Project in Haiti. To minimize shipping costs, they chose the DIY kit; a local tinsmith easily handled the 55-gallon drum conversion. Here are […]

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