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Charcoal Burning Courses with Jim Bettle

Jim Bettle on BBC Countryfile

Spend an educational day with Jim Bettle of the Dorset Charcoal Company, to learn about the complete process of charcoal production. Including Emptying, filling and firing of a large kiln, also small scale charcoal production using a 40 gallon drum.

Date:  Friday 12th October 2018
(Sorry we recently had to bring it forward a day)

Price:  £75 

Location:   The Living Classroom - Bonsley Wood.

Equipment required:

  • Safety Boots.
  • Practical Working Clothes that will get Really Dirty!
  • A packed lunch and drink.

We also offer bespoke courses that are tailored to your suit individuals requirements.

For more details and booking please contact us:

Telephone:   01258 818 176


Training Terms & Conditions

The Dorset Charcoal Company reserves the right to refuse to educate individuals on the following grounds: The Dorset Charcoal Company is committed to the production of charcoal from sustainable forestry practices and in reducing the amount of imported charcoal by providing a British produced alternative to those currently imported. To this end no training will be given to individuals who seek to produce charcoal abroad with the knowledge gained, where evidence of sustainable forestry cannot be shown for any wood used in production and assurances of non UK/ European markets for said charcoal cannot be given.


"Jim Bettle’s charcoal course was so utterly inspiring. I had no experience of anything about charcoal at the time although I had always thought it would be interesting and fun. The straight-forward way he taught through opportunities to learn by ‘hands on’ experience, suited me well. That day in the woods was one of the happiest times… in large part due to Jim’s enthusiastic and practical attitude. He has a great sense of humour, spared us all time to ask questions and try things out and I came away with the confidence to know that it would not be long before I was going to be charcoal making. Since then I have continued to learn about it and am now charcoal burning almost all year round at a local Nature Reserve and selling our great product at our local Farmer’s Market. What a ‘result’ and all thanks to Jim’s passion and skills as a woodland craftsman, an inspiring teacher and his lovely sense of humour. Thank you Jim! "


Charcoal CLasses - Dorset 2015

Teaching Children About Charcoal

The Dorset Charcoal Company offers school groups the chance to visit the woods to learn about the process of charcoal production and experience the pleasure of being creative with the charcoal produced.

Below are photos from a hosted visit from Hanford School for Girls art department, who enjoyed an educational morning of charcoal making and drawing with the produced charcoal.

For more details and booking please contact us:

Telephone: 01258 818 176


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