HAVEN – Demonstration of a machine that turns wood waste into environmentally-friendly biochar is set for Nov. 20 in Haven.
The free come-and-go demonstration of the ROI Carbonator 500 is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8200 E Pleasant Valley Road, just outside of Haven.
Storm damage, windbreak renovation, timber stand improvement practices, community forest management, and primary and secondary wood manufacturing processes can all create large volumes of waste wood.
“Finding cost-effective and practical means for utilizing these volumes of wood waste is a challenge,” said Dave Bruton, marketing and utilization forester with the Kansas Forest Service.
The mobile biochar production system converts trees, brush, stumps and other wood debris into high-quality biochar.
At nearly 40-feet long, the immense Carbonator 500 is capable of burning 15- to 20 tons of wood waster per hour, with 5- to 10 percent of the material converted into biochar.
Unlike burning waste wood in piles for disposal, biochar production uses a process called pyrolysis, which captures carbon in the wood instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.
Beyond the sequestration of carbon, biochar can be used to amend the soil, filter water, odor control in animal bedding and waste systems, erosion control and much more.
“We are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve efficiencies and utilize ‘waste’ materials, and this equipment is one more tool available to consider,” said Bruton.
The demonstration is outdoors, so attendees should dress for the weather. Refreshments and hotdogs for roasting with all the fixings will be provided.
To reach the site from Haven, take South Haven Road 3 miles south to East Pleasant Valley Rd., turn west for 1.3 miles. The property is on the north side of the road.