The ARTI Garden Kiln is a single barrel charring system that allows people in urban and per-urban areas to convert dry biomass into char powder and charcoal briquettes. The kiln is fabricated from used oil drums and comes with a single drum, lid, stove pipe and plunger to extinguish the flame.
Each cycle takes 15-30 minutes depending on the density of the biomass being converted into char.
The kiln is ideal for smaller yards and gardens that have less dry biomass than larger fields and rural areas.
The kiln has proven to be very popular with several secondary schools in Dar es Salaam having invested in the kilns to convert their waste paper into charcoal briquettes rather than throwing the paper in the garbage. Other people who have invested in kilns are youth groups, food vendors who have organic waste, gardeners and families wanting to produce charcoal from their yard waste.
ARTI is currently looking for partnerships and support for its urban kiln training program. The goal is to make converting dry biomass at a household level affordable to the average family and small community based organizations.