THE EXETER CHARCOAL RETORT
Case Studies - Bamboo
An American contact enquired if our retort would pyrolyse bamboo.
We initially had difficulty sourcing bamboo feed stock. We obtained a small amount of 1/2 inch diameter bamboo from a garden centre which we added to a willow burn. Encouragingly, the bamboo did carbonise.
More extensive searching lead to the discovery that Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens in Dorset had just cleared a large stand of bamboo which they were willing to donate.
A full burn of the fresh, unseasoned bamboo was a complete success, producing a very hard dense charcoal which was ideal for BBQs.