Making Biochar at Home with BioCharlie FAQs

Making Biochar at Home with BioCharlie FAQs

by James Sauer February 23, 2018

List of frequently asked questions

Al Gore Update

Al Gore Update

by James Sauer December 15, 2017

Gore's book Our Choice pointed out some ways in which the climate change problem might be solved, with biochar being one piece of the puzzle.


Using Your BioCharlie With Organic Fertilizers, and Other Great Ideas & Products From Down To Earth

Using Your BioCharlie With Organic Fertilizers, and Other Great Ideas & Products From Down To Earth

by James Sauer October 22, 2017

America Sequesters CO2 has teamed up with Down To Earth—an organic home and garden products retail store and distributor out of Eugene—to display and sell the BioCharlie at their retail store.

We Turned Mussel Shells into a Soil Additive

We Turned Mussel Shells into a Soil Additive

by James Sauer August 10, 2017

You can turn just about anything organic into biochar, including any shellfish or similar food waste, such as chicken bones. See how they turned out here!

Saving the Planet with... Charcoal? This TED Talk Explains the Concepts of Biochar

Saving the Planet with... Charcoal? This TED Talk Explains the Concepts of Biochar

by James Sauer June 23, 2017

Bottom line is, if you're making or using biochar, you're helping the earth. No matter how small your contribution, it matters!

Biochar In Your Backyard: Regional Resources and Lessons From the Biochar and Carbon Farming Workshop

Biochar In Your Backyard: Regional Resources and Lessons From the Biochar and Carbon Farming Workshop

by James Sauer May 27, 2017

Together, we can really start a movement to help our soils and our planet--right in our own backyards. 


Biochar Talks and How-to's: Carbon Farming & Biochar Workshop this Month!

Biochar Talks and How-to's: Carbon Farming & Biochar Workshop this Month!

by James Sauer May 11, 2017

On May 20th, the BioCharlie team will be setting up shop--and learning all sorts of cool facts about biochar--at a day long event at Romulus' Boathouse Beer Garden.

Biochar in Action! First of its Kind Biochar Plant to Make Stockholm More Climate Friendly

Biochar in Action! First of its Kind Biochar Plant to Make Stockholm More Climate Friendly

by James Sauer April 13, 2017

Finally, we're starting to see biochar in action in cities around the world!

Sequestering CO2 and the Role of Biochar

Sequestering CO2 and the Role of Biochar

by James Sauer March 23, 2017

CO2 is getting a bad rap and all anybody wants to do is get rid of it somehow or some way.  In this post we look at what is being done, and what can be done to solve the problem.

What do we do now? Environmentalism in Trump's America

What do we do now? Environmentalism in Trump's America

by James Sauer February 07, 2017


New Video "Using Your BioCharlie"

New Video "Using Your BioCharlie"

by James Sauer December 02, 2016

If a picture tells a thousand words then maybe a video tells a million.

The Politics of Climate Change -How to Handle Climate Change Deniers

The Politics of Climate Change -How to Handle Climate Change Deniers

by James Sauer September 30, 2016

Most people reading this have probably found themselves in a similar sticky situation: talking to a buddy or loved one about climate change, and finding out they have a completely conflicting belief about the issue.

Comparing Plants with Biochar Vs Plants Without

Comparing Plants with Biochar Vs Plants Without

by James Sauer August 14, 2016

The photographs speak for themselves. We started to note a difference in the growth of the plants just a week or two after planting--the ones with biochar were winning the contest with ease.

Can Biochar Have Sex?

Can Biochar Have Sex?

by James Sauer June 30, 2016

Is biochar doing something under the covers (of soil) that we don’t know about? Maybe, as in Vegas, what biochar does underground stays underground? We just gotta ask—is biochar getting freaky down there?

Climate Change is no Laughing Matter! … Just Kidding

Climate Change is no Laughing Matter! … Just Kidding

by James Sauer May 23, 2016

In a mock-PSA made for the show, the scientists tell us straight-up: “we’re not f***ing with you!”


Composting at Home with Biochar

Composting at Home with Biochar

by James Sauer April 22, 2016

Here at ASCO2, we see household composting as a simple, everyday, effective way for you to turn a couple shades greener!  In this post, I will also explain how combining biochar with compost optimizes the practice.

The Magic of Pyrolysis

The Magic of Pyrolysis

by James Sauer March 19, 2016

We owe the existence of biochar to the incredible chemical process called pyrolysis. The word pyrolysis comes from the Greek terms “pyro” meaning “fire,” and “lysis” meaning “separation.”

Gardening with Biochar

Gardening with Biochar

by James Sauer February 16, 2016

Gardening with biochar involves many variables, but in most cases you can count on observing a noticeable increase in plant growth and harvest yield weights when using fertilizer with biochar, instead of just using fertilizer alone. With some applications the difference can be quite dramatic.

The Simple Pleasures of Biochar

The Simple Pleasures of Biochar

by James Sauer January 08, 2016

The pleasure of watching a fire happily licking up the chimney of a fireplace is one simple pleasure I think we can all relate to—it’s almost innate, perhaps a prehistoric phenomenon.

Biochar, The Prescription To Maintain Healthy Soil

Biochar, The Prescription To Maintain Healthy Soil

by James Sauer December 05, 2015

It's kind of funny how people think of soil as only "dirt" like what gets tracked in onto the carpeting. Soil is much more like an ecosystem teaming with life, similar to an ocean with all kinds of organisms interacting with and depending on each other.

A Do-It-Yourself Way To Make Biochar For Free

A Do-It-Yourself Way To Make Biochar For Free

by James Sauer October 19, 2015

I have seen and heard of people using old tackle boxes, metal buckets with makeshift covers, military type ammunition containers, pots, pans, large juice or paint cans, tool boxes as well as several other miscellaneous types of metal containers and boxes.

Biochar - Something Old And Something New

Biochar - Something Old And Something New

by James Sauer September 14, 2015

The fact is that some prehistoric civilizations of our Earth used biochar and thrived on it.  Most notably, ancient Amazonian cultures' livelihoods were actually based upon it.  Locations have been found throughout those regions to have soils enriched by biochar.

How Making Biochar Sequesters Carbon Dioxide

How Making Biochar Sequesters Carbon Dioxide

by James Sauer August 27, 2015

But you might be thinking, how can burning something--like when making biochar--be good for the environment?  And furthermore, how can burning something reduce levels of CO2 in the air? It seems counterintuitive, I know.

How I First Heard Of Biochar

How I First Heard Of Biochar

by James Sauer July 29, 2015

I'd like to thank Al for introducing me to biochar. After posting this, I'm going to send Mr. Gore one of my BioCharlie biochar-making logs along with a message of thanks