Thursday, August 14, 2008

Charcoal Kiln

Charcoal Kiln

The craft of charcoal burning recreated at Gålö. The local history association Gålö Gärsar has made a charcoal kiln that was ready to be fired yesterday. It will burn for a few days and will have to be watched by the burners 24/7. To keep it burning you need to make small holes for some air to get in and also repair any part of the kiln that slips. When the charcoal is ready the burning is extinguished by water and the kiln is then opened up. During this lengthy process the burners live nearby in a typical charcoal burner's hut that I will show you tomorrow. This years kiln has been named Emma. Emma is the youngest daughter of Johan and Åse, two members of the history association that I met and talked to. For the next few days everyone is welcome to visit. You can sit down and enjoy some food and there will be live music and other entertainment from Friday to Sunday. And anyone of the burners will tell you the history of the charcoal kiln.


Debbie Courson Smith said...

Fascinating, all new information to me. Thanks for sharing!

Hilda said...

Wow, that's very interesting! Like Boise Diva, this information is all new to me. The practice sure makes making charcoal sound like fun! Or less dreary anyway.