Pinot Noir grapevine charcoal
I have experimented with making my own charcoal in the past, but haven't had a chance to produce more since. However, some fall burnoffs provided an opportunity to put the trimmings I'd taken from a Pinot Noir grapevine into a tin and let them carbonize to their heart's content.
The results are a medium to soft charcoal that works like a dream. The previous charcoal was made from willow and had a shorter burn time so is a harder charcoal. Burn times are still being experimented with through different fires.
I've decided to share my secret stash with the world and a couple of packages initially are up for sale on Etsy. If they sell well, I'll look at a larger production of charcoal. I have a continuous, well nearly continuous, supply of grapevines in the greenhouse and about 20 willow trees line the back of the house, so I don't think I'll run out of materials for awhile...