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Charcoal: Charcoal is lightweight black carbon trash produced by actively heating wood to drive off all water and other active components. In the standard version of this pyrolysis process, called charcoal burning, the heat is provided by burning part of the first substance itself, with an insufficient supply of oxygen. Charcoal can also be produced by heating the content in a closed response. This method also happens while burning wood, as in a furnace or wood stove. In that case, the visible flame is actually due to the excitement of the volatile given off as the wood turns into charcoal. The soot and smoke gave off by wood fire effect from deficient combustion of that volatile. Charcoal itself burns at a more powerful temperature than wood, with hardly a visible flame, and gives off practically no smoke, soot, or unburnt volatile. History of Charcoal: The production of wood charcoal in places where wood is sufficient dates back to old times. It commonly begins with piling billets of wood on their ends to form a conical mass. The firing is initiated at the base of the flue and continuously spreads outwards and upwards. The completion of the operation depends upon the rate of oxidization. Under common forms, wood yields about 60% charcoal by volume, or 25% by weight; small-scale production processes often produce only about 50% by amount, while large-scale processes approved higher yields of about 90% 17th century. The operation is so delicate that it was commonly left to colliers. They often lived alone in small huts to serve their woodpiles. For example, in the Harz Mountains of Germany, charcoal burners lived in conical huts, which are existing today. Production: Several methods have made charcoal. The typical way in Britain used a clamp. This is a pile of wooden logs (e.g., seasoned oak) leaning in a circle against a chimney. The chimney includes four wooden stakes held up by some string. The woods are entirely covered with soil and straw allowing no air to enter. It must be dropped by introducing some burning fuel into the chimney; the logs burn very gently and transform into charcoal in 5 days' burning. If the soil covering gets torn or cracked by the fire, additional land is placed on the cracks. Once the burn is complete, the chimney is plugged to restrict air from entering.   The real art of this production method is maintaining enough generation of heat, combusting part of the wood substance, and transferring it to wood parts in the process of being carbonized. A substantial disadvantage of this production method is the massive amount of harmful emissions to human health and the environment (emissions of unburnt methane). As a result of the partial combustion of wood material, the traditional method's efficiency is low. Advanced methods employ retorting technology, in which method heat is recovered from and solely provided by the combustion of gas released during carbonization. Yields of retorting are considerably more important than those of kilning and may reach 35%-40%. Types of Charcoal: Common charcoal_ it is formed from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. 1.Sugar charcoal_ it is taken from the carbonization of sugar and is unusually bright. It is refined by boiling with acids to extract any mineral material and is then burned for a long time in a current of chlorine to exclude the last particles of hydrogen. 2.Activated charcoal_ it is similar to ordinary charcoal but is manufactured, especially for medical use. To produce activated charcoal, regular charcoal is heated to about 900 °C (1,650 °F) in the presence of a gas (usually steam), causing the charcoal to improve many organic spaces which support the activated charcoal to trap chemicals. Impurities on the charcoal surface are also removed during this process, significantly increasing its adsorption capacity. 3.Lump charcoal_ it is standard charcoal made straight from hardwood material. It usually produces far limited ash than briquettes. 4.Extruded charcoal_ it is made by extruding either raw ground wood or carbonized wood into logs without a binder. The heat and pressure of the extruding method hold the charcoal together. If the extrusion is made from the rough wood element, the extruded logs are finally carbonized. Uses of Charcoal: Charcoal has been used earliest times for an extensive range of purposes, including art and medicine, but its most important use has been as a metallurgical fuel. Charcoal is the standard fuel of a blacksmith's forge and other purposes where extreme heat is required.  In this form, charcoal was essential to early chemists and was a constituent of formulas for mixtures such as black powder. Due to its high surface area, charcoal can be used as a filter, and as a catalyst or adsorbent. 1. Metallurgical fuel_ Charcoal burns at temperatures passing 1,100 degrees Celsius (2,010 degrees Fahrenheit). By comparison, the melting point of iron is around 1,200 to 1,550 °C (2,190 to 2,820 °F). Due to its porosity, it is susceptible to the flow of air, and the heat generated can be moderated by controlling the airflow to the fire. For this reason, charcoal is still extensively used by blacksmiths. Charcoal has been used for iron production since Roman times and iron in modern times, where it also provided the necessary carbon. 2.Industrial fuel. Charcoal was used in vast amounts for smelting iron in bloomeries and later blast stoves and finery forges. This use was replaced by coal in the 19th Century as part of the Industrial Revolution. 3.Cooking fuel_ earlier to the Industrial Revolution, charcoal was hardly used as cooking fuel. Modern "charcoal briquettes," commonly used for outdoor cooking, are made with charcoal but may also add coal as an energy reservoir and accelerates, binders, and filler. Top 10 Wood Charcoal Producing Countries:

Country Percentage Share of Wood Charcoal Production
Brazil 11
Nigeria 8
Ethiopia 8
Democratic Republic of Congo 4
Mozambique 4
India 4
China 4
Tanzania 3
Ghana 3
Egypt 3

  Top 10 Charcoal Exporting Countries:          

Rank Exporter Charcoal exports
1 Indonesia $240,525,000
2 China $166,869,000
3 Poland $83,757,000
4 Ukraine $80,005,000
5 Vietnam $68,338,000
6 Namibia $45,821,000
7 Burma $44,297,000
8 Philippines $43,893,000
9 Cuba $43,593,000
10 Netherlands $40,082,000

Top importers countries of charcoal:

Rank Countries
1 Germany
2 Japan
3 Poland
4 China
5 Saudi Arabia
6 Thailand
7 France
8 The US
9 The UK
10 Netherlands

Global market size: The global charcoal market is worth US$ 6.86 Bn in 2018 and is foreseen to rise at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2019 to 2027. In 2027, the calculated size of the global charcoal market is calculated at US$ 9.9. Name: Samira H. Revised Date: 19-08-2020  

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By Saha on October 19, 2021

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