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I saw this DIY for animal keychains a while back on Ginger Snaps and have finally got round to making enough for not just me but my whole family too. They were really easy to make and I love the results, all I need to do now is pick which animal to go for…

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20140710-211749-76669469.jpgOnce the burn has finished and the oil drum has cooled you can take the lid off and take a look at how much charcoal you’ve made. This was the first time I’d made charcoal and my boyfriend’s first time in a while so we haven’t yet perfected our method. Out of our full oil drum we ended up with a third of the wood being turned to charcoal, the remainder needed to burn for longer so we will use it in another burn at a later date. The charcoal should be able to be snapped easily, where as the partially burnt wood won’t. Despite only a third turning to charcoal we still managed to divide it into several bags to give out as gifts to family and friends, along with a couple of bags for ourselves. Since our burn we have already used one of our bags of charcoal to barbecue the chicken I learnt to portion in a lesson from my boyfriend’s uncle in exchange for charcoal.

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20140710-211354-76434586.jpgLast time we had just started lighting our charcoal burn using the kindling. Once it starts going you have to wait patiently for the burn to become smokeless, it does smoke a lot to begin with. When you are left with a clear flame, let it burn for a while before stopping the oxygen flow into the bottom of the oil drum by surrounding it with dirt. Then carefully place the lid on top of the oil drum before covering that with dirt too, the aim here is to starve the flame of oxygen. It will continue burning and that is what causes the charcoal to form. Now leave it until it has finished burning, if you take the lid off before the burn has finished you can risk re-igniting the flame. Once its cooled you can take a look inside and see what you’ve made…

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20140710-194959-71399746.jpgDuring the summer I love going to barbecues, (weather permitting) and this year I will be able to take homemade charcoal along as my offering. My boyfriend learnt how to make charcoal during his training to be a tree surgeon and so we decided to give it ago ourselves. I took quite a lot of photos of the process so thought I would spread them out over several posts so they didn’t get too bogged down with them! Starting with an oil drum you remove most of the top, leaving a lip and completely remove the bottom, this becomes the lid for the top. Set the oil drum on bricks and fill the bottom with newspaper and kindling, we also fitted some chicken wire to the bottom of the oil drum to stop everything falling straight through. Then tightly pack your oil drum with logs, add a splash of diesel/petrol (we wanted to make sure it burnt well) and its ready to begin the burn…

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