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they way I make charcoal is using a clamped lid 44 gal or 200 litre drum ,put the drum with holes punched in the base ,half inch holes will do ,put the drum on a few rocks about 2 inches off the ground , 30 or so holes in the base ,I burn hardwood ,iron bark or spotted gum ,find the tougher the wood the longer it and better it goes ,but wood is wood ,cut it to about foot long split lengths pack it into the drum and start the fire on top ,depending  on where you are (qld Australia here),at about 1 and a half hours wack the lid on ,clamp it and knock it off the rock base ,with a shovel seal the base with dirt ,best charcoal you can do ,cheers ,bloody good xmas and all

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Getting ready to build one from a 300 gallon fuel tank, 55 gallon for inside cooker. Going to be fun, hope it works. Just hope I can get enough wood around it to get it hot enough to form gases. I think it may be trial and error for a few times

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