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Published on Mar 10, 2012

In this video I describe how to make Activated Charcoal.
I didn't show how to make it because it would take over 24 hours to show.

These are the steps to make Activated Charcoal.
Use a hardwood for your charcoal, do not use treated lumber or painted lumber.
You will need a cover to put over the wood when you burn it.
I used an old charcoal grilling lid.
You will then have to let the wood smolder for several hours till it goes out. Wait for the wood to cool to touch so you don't burn yourself when handling it.
You will then break any large chunks of the charcoal into smaller pieces and put in a 5 gallon bucket.
Make a solution of 25 percent Calcium Chloride or Zinc Chloride and 75 percent clean fresh water.
Pour this mixture into your 5 gallon bucket and stir thoroughly.
Put the lid on your bucket and let sit for 20-24 hours.
Next you will remove the charcoal from the bucket and put it on a draining tray.
Allow the charcoal to drain for 1 hour.
For removal of any traces of chemicals from the charcoal, you can wash and rinse repeatedly with clean fresh water.
After washing keep the charcoal in the draining tray for draining.
After this is complete then put your charcoal in a large pan and put it in the oven.
Set your oven to 215-230 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for about 3 hours.
After baking remove the now Activated Charcoal from the oven and crush it into a fine powder.
For future use store the activated charcoal in a zip lock bags or airtight container.
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