Small scale rotational branch charcoal production for pasture/woodlot management and to supply the cookstoves, ovens and space heaters at the wonderful Sirikoi Lodge.

Also known as elephant charcoal :) 
In less than 15 years of protection - this area went from maize farms back to a wild yellow fever forest - to manage the forests around the stables they prune the branches for woodfuel. If you know about acacia thorns you know that getting the thorny branches can be a tricky business, but with a bit of help from their elephant friends......
Debarked, de-leafed and pre-cut twigs and branches :) 

In action! 

But of course with a bit of experiance one can always manually prune the branches. 

Make a clean cut in order the help the tree heal over. 

A pair of 2 year old large charcoal kilns carbonizing the sun dried branches  - these make about a bag of charcoal every day. 

The safari charcoal ovens ready to bake!

And when you are done cooking - this is one use for the ashes from your jiko and if you can get it, some elephant dung to plant more tree's! 

Mix the ash and elephant poop to a 1:1 ratio with some water.

Try to use seeds of tree species that would naturally be found in areas with elephants  - these shown are acacia seyal and juniperus procera (ceder)

If planting right away - pre-soak them in hot water for appx 45min. 

Roll up the potting mix and plant in the nursery. 

Cookswell Jikos and the Amari Bakery at the Nairobi Cake Festival 2014

We spent a wonderful Saturday meeting 100's of talented and very interested Kenyan bakers at The Cake Festival 2014 - a great day for a great cause ( Charcoal ovens + a mini-kiln being a cost effective and simple solution to high electricity costs and constant power outages were the talk of the day! Many thanks to the organizers and the wonderful Amari Quickbreads Bakery for co-hosting and baking some great cupcakes!