The combination of large volumes of woody fuel needing disposal after forestry activities and evolving regulatory restrictions makes traditional methods of pile burning increasingly difficult. Alternatively, using small kilns to pyrolyze these fuels on-site yields a potentially valuable product: biochar. In this article, we describe an educational program on the use of small kilns for fuel treatment and biochar production. Survey results from our series of demonstrations indicate that 69% of respondents added biochar to their soils and 100% of respondents increased their interest in biochar. Moreover, we reduced hazardous fuel in Utah by more than 20 semitruck loads by implementing this approach.
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McAvoy, D., Kuhns, M., Dettenmaier, M., & Dupéy, L. N. (2020). Hosting Flame Cap Biochar Kiln Workshops to Teach Hazardous Fuel Reduction. The Journal of Extension, 58(3), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.03.10