BioChar BBQ

BioChar BBQ

BioChar Stove Building Workshop
on Saturday, April 28th  from 10am to 2pm
at S.E.L.F. – Seattle Earth Lost and Foundry / Seattle Maker Space
4710 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA. 98107
(Located at the former Viking Fire Foundry)

We invite you to participate by building either the Estufa Finca Five Gallon BioChar Farm Stoves pyroneered by Art Donnelly at OR build a derivative design of the smaller Dome School Soup Can Emergency / Camping / Tea Light Stove.

The Estufa Finca Stove is great for BBQing in your backyard WHILE creating BioChar for your garden (if you choose to include the cooktop and air base add-ons to your stove).

The Dome School stove is great for understanding the principles of gasification and biochar creation while replacing traditional expensive proprietary backpacking equipment.

Either stove is good to have around and know how to use in personal / community emergency preparedness as well as building sustainable solutions for our soil and environment.

If you are a Estufa Finca alumni we have started a  Estufa Finca BioChar Farm Stove Users Group to help bring users together and share their stove use experiences.

If you are planning on taking the Estufa Finca stove design and introducing it to other parts of the world we invite you to participate by showing up early, help setup the workshop, and possibly help other stove builders with the more tricky parts of the stove build.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop please RSVP to Details and updates available the Facebook Event Page

Larry James [ Steve Anderson, Michael Kacena, Adam Reeder, Donna Lawrence, & friends] are – Volunteer / Stove Builder / Instructor / Nickelsville BioChar Stove Project
S.E.L.F. – Seattle Earth Lost and Foundry – Worker Owned Cooperative
SELF Reliance through Action, Education, and Community Cooperation.
Co-founders – Seattle MakerSpace – Industrial, Sustainability, and Permaculture MakerSpace located in Ballard Seattle

additional details below…

Join us on Saturday April 28st, 10am – 2pm, at the Seattle Earth Lost and Foundry (4710 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, Wa. 98107), for an BioChar Stove Building Workshop. Learn a little about biochar and build a TLUD ( top lit updraft) clean burning, fuel efficient, biochar producing cook stove.

* $25 donation – build and take home a “Dome School Stove”. This mini-TLUD is the perfect camping/hand warming/ tea light version of our big stove technology.
* There elegant micro-gasifiers are, affordable, easy to build and safe to use. You will NEED to bring [Preferably Pre-emptied and washed]
(4) tin cans for this stove: (1) 46oz. can [tomato juice], (1) approx. 32 oz. [crushed tomatoes], (1) 18.5oz. Progresso soup, (1) 15oz. can [tomatoes].

The Progresso Soup Can being the most necessary, we often have extras of everything else. Alternately a 20 oz. be substituted for the Progresso Soup.

* $75 donation – build and take home a five gallon “GARDEN MASTER Stove”. This gardener’s version of our “ESTUFA FINCA” project stove, makes clean heat and soil building biochar from your garden and yard wastes. All materials and tooling for making this stove will be provided.

* $30 donation – build the Cook Top and Air Base add-on if you are already using a ESTUFA FINCA Farm Stove and just want a convert the basic stove into a freestanding backyard BBQ.
(The Air Base and Cook Top option is also available pre built for a $40 donation)

* Along with building stoves, we will be learning a little about biochar and how to use it in the your garden and/or replace your backyard BBQ.

* Bring a snack, a pair of gloves and if possible a pair of safety glasses, and ear plugs. If you are planning on trying your stove after the build, bring a cup and/or a pot to heat your food up in and something to eat off of.

* Everyone will have a lot of fun, most people will go home with a tested stove, and an expanded understanding of biochar. If you wish to stay later, we will test out our new creations by cooking up whatever is brought to share.

If you wish you may make an additional donation that will go directly to We are recommending $25 donation for the workshop and their continuing efforts in reducing carbon emissions while improving lives. You can use the PayPal button on SeaChar.Org website at:
or mail checks to SeaChar.Org @ 603 Stewart Street, Suite 906 Seattle, Wa. 98101

Please RSVP! so we know how many materials we need on hand…

Bring your cash and/or checks to the event.
For this workshop Contact: S.E.L.F. at for more information and directions. (be sure to subject line BioChar Stove Build Workshop)

Reinvent fire with us and build a better future.

Larry James
(206) 552-8865 (my cell till there is an office phone setup)

We are currently accepting applicants to join the Seattle MakerSpace an industrial Maker Space in Ballard Seattle. There is common workbench space available as of April 1st, 2012. We are converting the free space, putting together a common tool list, membership dues/fee schedule, and website. There will be basic membership (use of common space/tools during hours of operation) and limited number of keyed 24/7 access membership available. Subscribe to the below announcement list or visit our website for updates and more details. Come make cool stuff with us!

To get updates on any future classes, workshops, and/or events at Seattle Earth Lost and Foundry, email, add yourself to our Google Group Announcement list at S.E.L.F. Announce –!forum/self-announce, or visit the Seattle Makerspace website at

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