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Got burn piles? Oregon winery tries a new approach: Turning wood debris into biochar

June 10, 2019

A year of research led Marcy and Carver to the Carbonator-500, an 83,000-pound portable air curtain carbonizer made in Chester, New Hampshire, by Ragnar Original Innovation. The Carbonator-500 is a $600,000 super-sized kiln on wheels that incinerates wood and debris piles without significantly polluting the atmosphere. It also turns those piles into a useful soil amendment known as biochar, a charcoal-like substance comprising mostly carbon and ash.