Friday, January 03, 2020 by Darnel Fernandez
In a post-SHTF world, fuel will become a scarce and valuable resource. You can’t just run into a store to get more. Having a stockpile of fuel, or better yet, learning how to create your own, can give you a significant edge against everyone else trying to survive in any disaster situation. This article tackles how to make your own charcoal, a versatile fuel source that is useful in a variety of situations. (h/t to PreppersWill.com)
Charcoal is wood that has been “baked,” eliminating impurities like tars, oils and water. Through this process, the carbonized skeleton is left behind and allows the charcoal to burn hotter than wood while producing less smoke. Despite the fall in popularity due to the rise of petroleum products, charcoal should not be neglected as a fuel source, especially in a post-SHTF world. Not only is it easy to make yourself, but it’s also efficient, easy to transport, inexpensive and has high heat content.
Unlike other fuels, charcoal isn’t easily combustible or explosive, meaning you can safely create and store large quantities of it for future use. Charcoal briquettes, for instance, can be stored indefinitely as long as you keep them in an air-tight container free from moisture. (Related: Tips for storing different types of fuel long term.)
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create your own charcoal using the traditional pit burning method:
Once that is done, you would have some perfectly baked charcoal ready for whatever task you need it for.
Beyond cooking and serving as a fuel source, charcoal can be used for a variety of other tasks.
Using the guide above, you should be able to make your own charcoal without any issues. Check out Survival.news for more DIY tools for prepping and survival.