55 gallon drum burn making charcoal direct method

This is direct burn in a 55 gallon drum. Remember in a direct burn part of the product is burned for fuel. This is a modification of Lee Sauder’s method

Materials needed :

55 gal drum , wood, sands, chimney, lighter, a case of beer …

Step by step how to make charcoal using direct burn method


Beginning the load with scrap 2x4s.

Loaded to the top. Packed well and fairly tight.

Easily ignited wood on top

Full view of the barrel and chimney

Bottom air holes. Cut with 1/8″ angle grinder blade. Top bent out bottom bent in.

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