|An indigenous acacia tree can start producing, with less the 800mm of rain per year, up to one bag of hardwood charcoal using only the branches under a coppicing regime within appx.10 years.|
|It's never too late or too far to start planting your own wood-energy.|
|you can even use maize cobs to make charcoal!|
|no need to bother with expensive briquetting - just use the branch charcoal as is in an energy saving cookstove!|
|Nor should it be too expensive, 1pkt of Kenya Seeds of Change costs only 100ksh, in it you get over 300 seeds of 3 types of hardy high value acacia trees. Using direct seeding methods reduces your planting costs to as little as 6khs per tree. |
And by using an modern mini-kiln - you can now make your own charcoal from only the branches and twigs from trees - or even maize cobs and coconut husk!!
And now collect a free wood preservative by trapping the smoke to make free wood vinegar and Stockholm Tar! . http://www.agrowingculture.org/2011/04/the-use-of-wood-vinegar-in-reducing-the-dependence-on-agro-chemicals/