The Cookswell Branch Charcoal Method. (money does grow on trees!)

 Grow and make your own charcoal to cook wonderful food on high quality jikos at minimal cost with maximum returns! 
With the new ''seed-to-ash'' biomass energy kiln and tree seed kit, you can easily grow your own money! Of course in the form of:
  • Timber
  • Posts
  • Charcoal and firewood from the branches
  • Medicine (species specific)   
A whole tree is far too valuable to just be turned into charcoal. We will always need trees for timber, to cook with and for their keystone ecosystem services - the least we can do when we use the ones we have to cut down, we do so to their maximum value. 

The following 3 steps is a brief guide to a simple field tested and market proven method of 100% self-reliance on an excellent fuel source; branch charcoal.

Step One 1: PLant Trees!!! - Our rule of thumb is that one regrets planting one less trees than one more tree 20 years from now. If diggin holes is not your thing, try out our no-till farming Seedballs (more info here http://www.seedballskenya.com/home/4592985892)  



Step 2: Make the charcoal! With a Cookswell woodfuel independence kit (7,000ksh -kiln, kenya ceramic jiko, tree seeds and a panga) all you have to do is implement a rotational coppice management forestry plan. You can easily prune your trees for branches and then carbonize them in your mini-kiln. The carbonization process to fill this mini-kiln takes 8 hours (appx. 7-9kgs). It also makes charcoal that is perfectly sized for an energy saving jiko.


You can also trap the smoke and make wood vinegar and wood tar for on farm termite proofing!
 http://kenyacharcoal.blogspot.co.ke/2016/05/how-to-make-your-own-wood-vinegar-with.html


Step 3: Buy a Cookswell Jiko and cook great food! Below are a few pictures of just some of our wonderful high quality jikos that are perfect for home or commercial use.















A large oven at a bakery (46,00ksh)

Two medium ovens (left one is the safari model) a mini oven and a space heater

A No. 14 double burner and a  4 burner energy saving BBQ jiko (9,000ksh and 18,000ksh rspt)



Contact us at www.cookswell.co.ke for more information!

Cook excellant pizzas on your charcoal oven

At the Ubuntu Cafe, in Mai- Mahiu with the amazing Pop-up Nairobi! 



A great pizza photo from http://www.riftvalleyadventures.com/ - please send us yours for a B2B shout out! 


or as a trial of a jiko - feel free to bring over your own ingredients and cook pizza and enjoy lunch in one of Cookswell's Forests. 



at only 5-8 min each - these were a perfect treat. 


Mt Kenya Cookswell Jikos collection points

Save time, money and energy and pick up a new charcoal saving jiko at any of these places in the Mt. Kenya area - 


Kisima Farm shop - just past Timau




And you can find the original Kenya Ceramic Jiko on Kimathi Road (just past the Nakumatt Nanyuki) at Cherengani Hardware Store -



And at Barney's Airstrip (just behind the shop at the restaurant)