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Old 01-24-2014, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Those studies are usually financed by the manufacturers/distributors of the product.
University research departments want to live and are usually not inclined to bite the
hand, which feeds them. I am not trying to imply, that they will monkey with the data,
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Those studies are usually financed by the manufacturers/distributors of the product.
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Many scientists all over the world are studying biochar, so that will make the data easier to compare.

Most people can make it for free, but it's extremely inexpensive and is also sold as a cooking fuel.

The waste product from a gas grill smoker box would work.

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The February Issue of the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science is devoted to recent research of Biochar and Hydrochar. Several studies detail both Nitrogen depletion and Methane production. On a whole, I believe the results are not positive. The articles are freely available here:

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science > Vol 177 Issue 1
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The February Issue of the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science is devoted to recent research of Biochar and Hydrochar. Several studies detail both Nitrogen depletion and Methane production. On a whole, I believe the results are not positive. The articles are freely available here:

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science > Vol 177 Issue 1
Thanks for all the links, it sure helps to explain why it's been working so great for 20 years.

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science

"Biochar is a porous and low-density carbon-rich material produced through the heating of natural organic materials under low-oxygen condition. Biochar may be used as a soil amendment to improve soil physical and chemical characteristics and promote plant growth. Biochar has been shown to decrease soil acidity, bulk density, nutrient leaching, and greenhouse-gas emission, increase cation-exchange capacity, nutrient and water use efficiency, and the ability of soils as habitat for microbes and fungi. Biochar also directly adds some macroelements (P, K, N, Ca, Mg) and micronutrients (Cu, Zn, Fe, Mn) to the soil, which are needed for sustainable agriculture. Therefore, biochar application has received a growing interest as a sustainable technology to enhance the soil quality and crop production."

"Field and laboratory studies demonstrated that biochar is an excellent soil amendment to improve soil quality."
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On the balance though there are several negatives, as pointed out by other articles in the issue.
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There's a lot of reading material and I started with the one that was most pertinent to my growing conditions.
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I got this from an article posted by by erichknight April 6, 2009 9:07 PM PDT over at CNET.NEWS

This is by far, the simplest method, perhaps, the easiest to build with high efficiency.

The simplest of the simple a two-barrel charcoal retort

Simple method of charcoal production
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