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||Commercially produced charcoal is made in
kilns or retorts- no" smoky fires" involved.
The traditional way of making charcoal in turf-
banked heaps is now rare, and generally
carried out more as a demonstration of an
ancient craft; it's slow, highly labour intensive,
and a lot of the useful volatiles from dry
distillation of wood just go to waste.
||How exactly would microwaving be better?
||The microwave goes "PING"?
||Is this not making sows' ears from silk purses?
Microwave energy is expensive energy, compared to
wood and charcoal.