Biochar Production and Cook Stove Events in Oregon during August of 2016

 Information Last Updated: 05 August 2016.   Visitors are encouraged to bookmark and return to this page, as updates are likely. 

The following is a chronological listing of Biochar and Cook Stove events in Oregon during August of 2016. Please be sure to visit the link given for each event, as each event has its own registration and fee.

Stove Summit 2016 (InStove Headquarters, Cottage Grove, Oregon)

11 – 14 August 2016

This summer, InStove joins Stove Team International to co-host Stove Summit, a four-day conference dedicated to solving global humanitarian and environmental challenges through a combination of field demonstrations, capacity-building workshops, high-level sessions presented by clean-cooking thought leaders, and networking with stove-sector professionals in a relaxed environment at the InStove campus on the banks of the Willamette River. Please see Stove Summit 2016 for complete details, including registration.

Note: Stove Summit has a Call for Abstracts currently open for stove- or related-sector professionals who would like to present on a topic of interest to Stove Summit’s audience of academic, philanthropic, and development professionals. Interested individuals should fill out the 1-step abstract submission form at Stove Summit: Abstract Submission (deadline 10 July 2016).

Summer Stove Camp (Aprovecho Research Center, Cottage Grove, Oregon)

15 – 19 August 2016

The Summer Stove Camp at Aprovecho is about stoves for developing societies, including stoves that make char. Dean Still and Aprovecho staff coordinate this event that features (among other things) actual technical quantitative testing of stove emissions and stove efficiencies. Paul “Dr TLUD” Anderson assists. Please see Summer Stove Camp at Aprovecho for complete details, including registration.

In addition to the primary focus, there will be concurrent activities at the Stove Camp (lead by Dr TLUD and others) that focus on making char with appropriate, low-cost technology, especially with stoves. Note that this is preparatory for the two-day char production gathering (see next item). These activities could have a focus group working on issues of drying of feedstocks, including green (recently cut) wood and woodchips that have been rained upon.

Summer Stove Camp ends at noon on Friday (19 August 2016).

Char Production Gathering (Aprovecho Research Center, Cottage Grove, Oregon)

19 – 20 August 2016

Assembling on Friday, 19 August 2016, during the final hours of Summer Stove Camp at Aprovecho, Dr. Paul Anderson, Dr. Paul Taylor, and others will lead a two-day gathering focused on a broad array of char production technologies and related devices. This is a hands-on experience with discussions, experiments, and development of farm-size char-making units (DIY pyrolizers and commercially available units costing less than $3000), barrel-size char makers, kilns, retorts, flame curtain pyrolysis, TLUD cookstoves, and more. Device-related considerations include size, safety, construction materials, designs (cones, pyramids, covered barrel – C4 kiln, earth pits, etc.), labor of operation, quenching alternatives, fuel options, yield of char, char characteristics, and uses of available heat.

On Friday evening, all participants will be treated to a meal featuring food cooked by char-making stoves.

Here is a link to the PDF file containing the Schedule for the 2016 Char Production Gathering (click to view).

Important Note: All prospective attendees of the Char Production Gathering must register separately from the Summer Stove Camp, as each event has its own registration. Please visit to register for the Char Production Gathering.

Potential Sunday Activities (Locations Near Cottage Grove or Corvallis, Oregon)

21 August 2016

Potential Sunday activities are not yet determined — they depend on the initiatives of the possible participants or small groups. These activities will NOT be officially sponsored (therefore without insurance or open registration, etc.). Examples COULD include a river-side picnic, a canoe outing, a drive to the Oregon coastline, scenic mountain drive or hike. Perhaps some “Oregonians” could offer some suggestions (using the two Listservs — see sidebar). Details are likely to be made available here as plans become known.

Pre-Conference Activities (Campus of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon)

22 August 2016

The USBI Conference opening reception occurs in the evening. Pre-conference (morning and afternoon) activities include two workshops described at Workshops – Biochar 2016 (visit link).

US Biochar Initiative Conference (Campus of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon)

22 – 25 August 2016

Please see US Biochar Initiative Conference for complete details, including registration. Note that Tuesday and Wednesday are filled with presentations, panels, etc. about all aspects of biochar. The topic of biochar production with low-cost equipment is only a small part of the USBI conference, but is the major focus (with hands-on experience) of the biochar-related Aprovecho activities (described above), so there will not be much duplication between the events.


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