Bamboo Research Farm in Georgia

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Daphne B Lewis

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Sep 17, 2018, 8:45:17 PM9/17/18
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I just joined the group. I'd like to meet people making biochar. 

I have a bamboo research farm in middle Georgia. The groves will produce bamboo shoots for sale in 2019 which will be five years after planting. I am interested in ways to use the poles including the branches and leaves.. Biochar seems like a sensible end product. Animal feed also makes sense since bamboo leaves are 18 percent protein. 

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Trevor Richards

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Sep 18, 2018, 11:25:39 AM9/18/18
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On Tue, 18 Sep 2018 at 08:45, Daphne B Lewis <dap...@chalosulky.com> wrote:

I just joined the group. I'd like to meet people making biochar. 

I have a bamboo research farm in middle Georgia. The groves will produce bamboo shoots for sale in 2019 which will be five years after planting. I am interested in ways to use the poles including the branches and leaves.. Biochar seems like a sensible end product. Animal feed also makes sense since bamboo leaves are 18 percent protein. 

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Mike Sheehan

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Sep 21, 2018, 3:04:35 PM9/21/18
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What great timing. We are making some bamboo Biochar for a UGA study and are searching for feedstock.

Biochar Central provides scalable, and easy to operate, Biochar kilns. We also market and distribute Biochar regionally.

Drop me a line Mike Sheehan, Biochar Central.

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dap...@chalosulky.com

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Sep 21, 2018, 4:16:50 PM9/21/18
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Hello Mike,

I am at a dog drafting event on Saturday. Will be back on Sunday. I would like to talk with you and I would like to show you my bamboo in three locations. 

My dogs will be entering the dog drafting event pulling/drafting a bamboo sulky.




So many kinds of bamboo!

Yours in bamboo, 

Daphne Lewis 
Bamboophile
www.bamboofarmingusa.com
Hawkinsville, GA USA



Jose Lopeze

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Sep 22, 2018, 3:36:54 PM9/22/18
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i purchased a 1.5m parabolic oven i affectionately call my 'solar
death ray'. i found a used pressure cooker at my local thrift store.
my idea has always been to make a solar syngas refinery complete with
fitcher throps process for fuel. it hasn't worked so far, however i
did get an unexpected result. i packed the pressure cooker with bamboo
and put it on the death ray. it chared the bottom 1/2 inch nicely but
nothing else. in frustration i decided to put water in to just see
what would happen. it cooked, that was it, it just let steam out. i
dumped out my 'failure' on the ground and called it a day. next
morning i had bugs and what not eating this 'cooked meal'. so i made
another batch and i found out bugs aren't the only ones who enjoy,
turns out several plants do too. i'm still playing with it but so far
bamboo has been giving me the most interesting products.

On 9/21/18, dap...@chalosulky.com <dap...@chalosulky.com> wrote:
> Hello Mike,
>
> I am at a dog drafting event on Saturday. Will be back on Sunday. I would
> like to talk with you and I would like to show you my bamboo in three
> locations.
>
> My dogs will be entering the dog drafting event pulling/drafting a bamboo
> sulky.
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Ronal W. Larson

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Sep 22, 2018, 6:37:05 PM9/22/18
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Jose,  cc List and adding Andrew Heggie (probably not a list member - but who has used steam-pressure drying for drying operations 

Thanks both for trying this and reporting.  I've read only a little on the solar-biochar combination.  Questions below.

On Sep 22, 2018, at 1:36 PM, Jose Lopeze <joel....@gmail.com> wrote:

i purchased a 1.5m parabolic oven i affectionately call my 'solar
death ray'. i found a used pressure cooker at my local thrift store.
my idea has always been to make a solar syngas refinery complete with
fitcher throps process for fuel. it hasn't worked so far, however i
did get an unexpected result. i packed the pressure cooker with bamboo
and put it on the death ray. it chared the bottom 1/2 inch nicely but
nothing else.
     [RWL:   After how long?   
You should have seen only moisture exiting the pressure cooker at first - and then seen only a pyrolysis gas - that you could light.  Anything to report like that?
How large a pressure cooker (liters) and how much starting bamboo?
What sort of pressure are you supposed to have inside

in frustration i decided to put water in to just see
what would happen. it cooked, that was it, it just let steam out. i
dumped out my 'failure' on the ground and called it a day. next
morning i had bugs and what not eating this 'cooked meal'. so i made
another batch and i found out bugs aren't the only ones who enjoy,
turns out several plants do too.
     [RWL:  Can you explain more about the plant response?

i'm still playing with it but so far
bamboo has been giving me the most interesting products.

Ron

Jose Lopeze

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Sep 22, 2018, 8:12:05 PM9/22/18
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all i can say is the pressure cooker worked as advertised and i got
syngas, just not the complete batch. pc was 'normal' size, about a
whole chicken sized.

'interesting product' i'm getting from bamboo pyrolysis is something
that is testing out to be strong. think poormans carbon fiber.

more to come


On 9/22/18, Ronal W. Larson <rongre...@comcast.net> wrote:
> Jose, cc List and adding Andrew Heggie (probably not a list member - but
more to come > who has used steam-pressure drying for drying operations
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