Thursday, July 18, 2019

UBET biochar practice guidelines at USBI workshop

I wanted to share some slides from my workshop at the USBI conference a couple weeks ago in Colorado. The workshop was called UNDERSTANDING AND USING BIOCHAR PRACTICE GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY THE UMPQUA BIOCHAR EDUCATION TEAM (UBET).

Part I - Biochar Production

Part II - Biochar Applications

And here is a picture of the USBI Booth Display featuring our very own Gregory Flick!


Friday, October 19, 2018

We're not just in Oregon anymore. Oregon Kiln Spreads to Kansas!

Biochar workshop coming to Norton
Written By: Lisa Herman
Photo By: Lisa Herman
Published: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Next Wednesday, October 24, the Norton Community Garden Coalition, along with the local Twin Creeks Extension, will be hosting a biochar workshop for individuals interested in using biochar as a value-added component in composting, gardening, farming, windbreak management, or improving their soils and rangelands. The workshop, “Biochar: Know It, Use It, Make It”, will be held at the Bullseye Event Center, 118 South Kansas Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
*** To read this article in its entirety, please pick up your copy of Friday's edition.
Students from Mr. Garrett Beydler’s high school vocational agriculture class recently made, using specifications provided by Wilson Biochar Associates, the Oregon kiln which will be used next Wednesday in a demonstration on how to make biochar. Pictured here is William Gassmann in the front, and in the back, from left to right, are Mason Schulze, Dylan Goss, Bryndon Wentz, and Nathan Nelson.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Upcoming Biochar Workshops in Nebraska, Kansas and Eugene, Oregon

Kelpie Wilson's Fall 2018 Workshop Schedule:
I will be giving multiple-day workshops this fall in Nebraska, Kansas and Oregon. Here are the basic schedules and registration info. All events are free. Event posters can be downloaded from my website at
Great Plains Biochar Initiative Workshop Series
Tuesday, Oct. 23 Chadron, NE 8am – 3pm
Chadron State College, Sandoz Center Atrium
1101 Main Street | Chadron, NE 69337
Wednesday, Oct. 24 Norton, KS 9am – 1:30pm
Bullseye Event Center
118 S Kansas Ave | Norton, KS 67654
Thursday, Oct. 25 Pratt, KS 8am – 3pm
Pratt Community College
348 NE SR 61 | Pratt, KS 67124
Heather Nobert
T: 402-472-2941
Long Tom Restoration Council Workshops
Biochar: Know it, Make it, Use it
November 6, 2018 | 9:30 a.m—2 p.m.
Indoor Workshop | FREE
1820 Roosevelt Blvd. Eugene, OR (City of Eugene Parks and Open Space offices)
Come learn from biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson about how biochar works in soils; how to make biochar and use it in agriculture, forestry, restoration and remediation applications; and biochar kiln design and combustion principles. Learn from USDA-Agricultural Research Service staff about the results of agriculture and soil remediation trials using biochar. And, contribute ideas and questions to ongoing dialog about incorporating biochar creation into local habitat restoration projects.
November 7-8, 2018 | Outdoor Demonstrations Oak Habitat Restoration Project Locations in the Long Tom Watershed
Join Long Tom Watershed Council staff and local partners to help with or just watch the work to create biochar from slash cut during thinning to restore oak habitat this summer and last. Come for one or both days.
Questions? Interested in helping? RSVP: Katie MacKendrick - 541.214.0389 /

Monday, April 2, 2018

Final Deliverables for On-Farm Biochar for Composting with Manure

During the course of this three year project, we manufactured more than 30 kilns and made about 75 cubic yards of biochar that got used in cattle barns, goat barns, rabbit hutches, chicken coops, horse stables, alpaca barns, worm bins and outhouses. We did many pot trials and several field trials with the resulting biochar composts. Read all about it in the final technical report and the practice guidelines we wrote with You in mind!

Deliverables from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant: On-Farm Production and Use of Biochar for Composting with Manure:

Final Technical Report

Appendix: Field and Farm Reports
Appendix: Practice Guidelines (all guidelines in one document)
Practice Guideline: Using a Flame Cap Kiln
Practice Guideline: Kiln Construction Drawings (Oregon Kiln and Ring of Fire Kiln)
Practice Guideline: How to Use Biochar in Barns
Practice Guideline: How to Use Biochar in Compost
Practice Guideline: Plant Bioassays to Evaluate Biochar Compost
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Successful Biochar Demo in Eugene

O.J. Romo and Scott McKain demonstrated a double wall Ring of Fire and a Weber barbeque for the Lane County Master Gardeners March 3. It was a bright group with lots of probing questions. Included was a retired biochemist and Forest Service people. A terrific potluck meal followed. Thanks for the opportunity!

Monday, February 26, 2018

UCC Welding Students Complete Kiln Drawings

A big shout-out of thanks to Ian Fisher's students at the Umpqua Community College Welding Department! They have completed a set of drawings for the Oregon Kiln and for the Ring of Fire Kiln. Please share these far and wide. These are open source designs created by the Umpqua Biochar Education Team.

UBET Kiln Drawings are:
Open Source Design: Attribution-Share Alike CC BY-SA

Download the drawings here: