737 Steinbach Nutcracker The Charcoal Maker
Back in my boyhood days there were
still charcoal makers that plied their trade in the immense forests
along the border areas of our land. These were men who manufactured
charcoal manually. It took quite sometime before the wood for such a
charcoal kiln or Meilercc as these burning “stations” were called
was gathered and fully assembled. First, a kind of chimney was
constructed in the middle of this large pile of wood from long wooden
posts. This was the actual fire pit or shaft which was needed for the
burning process and which was then later ignited. The yardlong logs were
carefully stacked in layers like bowling pins around the chimney shaft.
Then the charcoal maker would cover up the wood pile with green sod and
undergrowth from the forest floor. To regulate the charring process,
holes were every now and again stabbed into this external
A Charcoal kiln such as this would
smoke for days, and the charcoal maker, all black with soot, would wait
to collect his charcoal “harvest”. The resulting charcoal usually
weighed about 1/4 of the weight of the original wood. A charcoal maker
had of course a lot of time on his hands and while he was waiting, he
could build his “revolving turret and allow the rising heat from the
charcoal to turn it.
Today we deliver the unusable
waste-wood from our workshops for the industrial production of charcoal.
At your next backyard barbecue, you ought to take a closer look at the
charcoal You might recognize our wood-remnants, which after all, come
from the choicest of aged woods.
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