10 handy alternative uses of charcoal | Yahoo! Green

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10 handy alternative uses of charcoalBy Jeff YeagerPosted Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:14am PSTRelated topics: Tips, Reusing stuffMore from The Green Cheapskate blogcharcoalPhoto: JM / Wikipedia[In his ongoing but sporadic series Don't Throw That Away!, the Green Cheapskate shows you how to repurpose just about anything, saving money and the environment in the process. Send him your repurposing ideas and challenges, but whatever you do, don't throw that away!]Remember when you were a kid and the biggest fear you faced was the prospect of waking up on Christmas morning to find a lump of coal in your stocking, Santa’s ultimate up-your-chimney gift for kiddies more naughty than nice?Well, when I put away our outdoor grill a couple of weeks ago for the winter and stood pondering what to do with a partial bag of leftover charcoal, it got me thinking. After some research, I’ve concluded that a lump of coal — or rather charcoal — may not be such a bad gift after all.Here are some creative repurposing ideas for last summer’s leftover charcoal:

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Biochar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Biochar is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass, and differs from charcoal only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture and storage.[1] Charcoal is a stable solid rich in carbon content, and thus, can be used to lock carbon in the soil. Biochar is of increasing interest because of concerns about climate change caused by emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG).

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