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Old January 23rd, 2009, 11:30 PM
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While reading reviews for various natural chunk charcoal, I saw a lot of complaints about the wasted charcoal dust, so I started thinking, there's gotta be a way to make use of it. I know you can mix charcoal dust with musilage glue to make incense cones, and I figured you could use something as a binder to make a charcoal brick that would be usable for smoking shisha. Starches can be used for binder. Maybe someone knows what the "pros" use in commercial pressed charcoals?

I found this while doing a bit of searching:

http://celac.wordpress.com/2008/01/3...charcoal-dust/


You can make banana charcoal. Here you need half (½) bucket of freshly sliced banana peelings, a quarter (1/4) basin of charcoal dust and another quarter (1/4) bucket/basin of fine sand. Thereafter, mix the sliced banana peelings with the charcoal dust, and sand. The banana sap will help to bind them. When still fresh, separate the mixture into smaller desired pieces and then bake them in the sunshine. They are then ready for use. Excess banana charcoal must be stored in a dry place.

You can also make mud charcoal, called briquettes. This is done through combining charcoal dust with mud then compressed into small rectangular blocks. For each amount of charcoal dust, mix with one quarter of mud. Briquettes save on power costs. In Nairobi women use this charcoal for home use and also earn income from sale to others. One 20-litre tin of dust when molded into briquettes is enough for use by an average African family for at least one week.

Charcoal dust is used by a factory in Kenya named “Chardust” to make briquettes that are used in hotels and poultry farms. Their briquettes are also used for grilling, cooking and warming purposes. The dust is brought to the factory which is on the outskirts of Nairobi. Here, 70 employees grind the dust with coffee, rice husks and sawdust into a mix to form the briquettes that burn longer. They are also said to be cleaner than charcoal, are smoke, smell and spark free. This helps conserve the trees.

Charcoal dust has some antiseptic, salt and odor absorbing properties. When sprinkled on freshly cut plants divisions, it can lessen the chance of infection. Whereas some farmers also mix it with soil as a fertilizer especially for vegetable and banana growing, others prefer to mix it with chicken litter and use as a fertilizer on their farms. Charcoal dust is known for its basic carbon component which natural farmers find a good media or substrate for proliferation of beneficial micro organisms in the soil.

Charcoal dust from soft wood can be put on wounds for healing. To use it, sprinkle a thick layer to the wound then tie a linen cloth bandage around. Remove after 1 to 3 days and replace with new dust to for further drying. Its anti corruptive property enables absorption and avoids rotting. It also helps to remove the unpleasant smell of wound. The only disadvantage in use of charcoal dust to heal wounds is that it dirtens the person using it. Also, one has to be careful that the charcoal dust used is not contaminated by harmful bacteria. This therefore calls for its immediate collection after its made and safe keeping.

Also, when applied to the soil, charcoal dust repels ants. Some farmers use charcoal dust to keep the ants, and especially termites away from their mud and stick structures. This is by putting a layer of charcoal dust around the structure.

Further reading
http://www.yorku.ca/furedy/papers/social_resp.htm
http://squattercity.blogspot.com/200...coal-dust.html
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Old January 24th, 2009, 12:12 AM
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Default Re: Uses for charcoal dust

interesting post. Thanks for taking the time to do your homework.
Now who's gonna try this? Anyone?....Anyone?
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thats is some intresting stuff
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:16 AM
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... well i keep all of my ash so that if i have multiple hookahs going, i can put extra charcoal in there and the ash keeps it warm ((some of the coal needs to be exposed to oxygen to prevent it from going out))
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:48 AM
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and to think the only thing i have been using it for is to discolor my carpet
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:52 AM
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Old January 24th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Wow, nice, The dust is also good as a cleaner, I mix the dust with a hand soap and use it to clean metal fixtures, it's something about the "base" element of the dust, since it's not an acid, it cleans stuff up like crazy. Also i takes stains out.
Good use for those Hookah Moms out there.
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i mix mine with toothpaste and give a thourough cleaning to all my silver jewels with it.
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I might try to make the banana charcoal in my free time. Smoking with it would be a different story. Maybe though.
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this sounds really cool im getting a big bag of natural coals in today so i'm sure ill have plenty to experiment with
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i mix mine with toothpaste and give a thourough cleaning to all my silver jewels with it.
...your jewels?
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Old January 25th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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...your jewels?
errmmm... jewelry items? bracelet/necklace/etc?... I honestly don't believe you could put this in the out of context lol
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i just burn it for kicks and gigs
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its great for war paint also.
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Nevermind, i'm dumb [:
Still a good post though, lol. -.-

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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:29 PM
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Default Re: Uses for charcoal dust

The post is not talking about ash. Its about the black dust that falls in the bottom of bulk charcoal bags. Or crushed bulk coal.
Anw nice find, it might be usefull someday
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Old January 26th, 2009, 08:40 PM
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Actually, from the research I've been reading into, you can use the ash to help making charcoal. One formula uses plain newspaper, ash & whichever binder pressed into briquettes.

So, I spent more time researching, looking for recipes basically. And what I've learned is you can make charcoal from pretty much anything once it's been carbonized.

So, a basic recipe:

Get corn starch and dissolve in water, cook it til its a very thick paste (anyone ever make "slime" from corn starch? kids like to play with it. Same idea, just thicker.) Then add your char dust. Here's a somewhat large recipe:

"The usual formula for a briquette mix using starch is 100 kilograms of charcoal, 5 to 7 kilograms of starch, and 30 to 35 kilograms of water."

I'll let you all figure that ratio out in the smaller scale needed for your project at home

The mix should have a wet soil consistency once mixed completely.

Once you have your char paste mixed very well, you press it into shape. One suggested method was to use a tube (width can be whatever you have on hand or prefer) and a ramrod (dowel, or log if you're using a REALLY wide pipe) to press it very tight (some suggest using a mechanical press, such as a lever or turn-screw press; one cheap hack used a car jack as the lever on a wooden rig), then you can slide it out the end of the tube and slice it up while it's still damp. Let sun-dry for a few days and it's good to go.

This source has a lot of useful info:

http://nzdl.sadl.uleth.ca/cgi-bin/li...b8bb.11.1&gt=1

You could make incense cones with the same mix, just add some drops of essential oils for fragrance.
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