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The Dorset Charcoal Company's Jim Bettle was on BBC Countryfile Summer Diaries this month.
"Summer marks the start of barbeque season here in the UK. One of the key ingredients for any successful al fresco cook up is a good quality charcoal. As a nation, we get through 60,000 tonnes of charcoal each year, but 90% of it will be imported. Paul Martin learns how to cook up his own charcoal with the help of Dorset-based charcoal expert Jim Bettle. He discovers why producing your own charcoal is best because it is a cost effective, sustainable and fun way to fire up your barbeque this summer."
Watch Jim explaining how to make your own charcoal at home using an old oil can, here on iPlayer (31mins - 38mins).
The Dorset Charcoal Company produces top quality charcoal and firewood from 100% natural hardwood grown in well-managed local woodlands to suit all requirements and aims to continue to publicise the benefits of doing so. Your help is greatly appreciated
so please continue to Buy British and Burn British!
Dorset charcoal is not only the sound environmental option but is also a high grade fuel. With carbon content as high as 90% compared to only 60% in many imported varieties, charcoal produced from British hardwoods is unsurpassed in it’s burning characteristics.
All our charcoal is produced locally in Dorset from 100% local hardwood species from well managed woodlands. We strive to not only produce the finest quality charcoal products but to maintain and look after our beautiful local surroundings by keeping and managing the woodlands.
The Dorset Charcoal Company specialises in the production and supply of a range of Charcoal Products; from lumpwood for barbecues, to Biochar for gardeners, to powder for pyrotechnics, as well as Granular Charcoal as an Animal Feed Supplement to name but a few.
Bringing neglected woodlands back into management, or by finding a use for low value timber such as sawmill waste and thinnings, The Dorset Charcoal Company is producing truely sustainable local charcoal for a variety of markets.
Using wood as a fuel has a number of benefits. Firstly, contrary to what many people think burning wood and charcoal can be environmentally beneficial. Much of the woodland in the UK is semi-natural woodland and benefits from being managed. Many small woodlands are under-managed, so cutting firewood and producing charcoal from them can help rekindle traditional woodland management to the benefit of both the trees, the wildlife and the owners. Continued neglect is not an option for these woodlands.
Bringing coppice woodlands back into rotations encourages a greater diversity of flora and fauna. Cutting wood opens up woodlands for flowers, insects, birds and small mammals letting in light. Dorsets woodlands are seldom ‘natural’ but have developed thanks to a long history of management by man. New woodfuel markets will secure the future of our historic wooded landscapes.
In addition producing charcoal and using wood as a fuel also benefits the rural economy by providing local employment, and an opportunity for diversification for farmers and other landowners to find value in low grade wood. Also local deliveries eliminate the necessity for long-haul transportation and the production and supply of local charcoal has been shown to reduce fossil fuel consumption by over 85%, compared with imports from South America or South Africa. Moreover, providing the wood comes from a sustainable source, as ours does, wood is a source of renewable stored solar energy.
According to an article in The Independant, Charcoal has become the hot new flavouring in everything from cocktails to meat and mash. If you want to be in on the latest trend in Britain's restaurants and bars, you're going to have to feel - and indeed taste - the burn.
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We're now selling Granular Charcoal as an animal feed Supplement Online! Available direct from us in 1,5 and 10 litre buckets.
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Is burning charcoal and firewood bad for the environment?
Well, trees turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into carbon (wood) which we can burn to create energy, a truly renewable resource so long as the wood comes from a sustainable source and is burned in a clean, efficient way, close to where it was felled.
Read various newspaper articles about The Dorset Charcoal Company...
DorsetLife Magazine15-10-15 Article about Jim Bettle.
Independent 10-08-15 How Namibian charcoal workers pay a high price for the cheap British barbecue.