Charcoal is carbonised wood. Making charcoal is an ancient industry, not much practiced today. A variety of trees (oak, ash, hazel and chestnut) are grown in coppices. Their lower branches are cut off to encourage a higher canopy, encouraging a straight habit. These are used to make charcoal.
While young, the trees are cut, stacked and seasoned for a year. It is then stacked in kilns and burned for up to sixteen hours, until the wood is carbonised. This is then ground into a fine, black powder.
Our charcoal is boug