The wood comes from the felling of the Marabu plant, which overgrows large parts of Cuba and therefore has to be pruned continuously. It is an invasive species that grows aggressively and is difficult to contain.
Mainly by hand, but also mechanically, the Marabu is cut and the wood processed into CARBON charcoal and firewood for the local market.
A local product
Because Marabu is cut all over Cuba, it is locally processed into charcoal by countless small farmers. For this, a large high pile of carefully laid out and selected Marabu tribes is laid. Heavy thick trunks and branches in the middle and less thick branches outwards, the wood in the middle is the A quality that we prefer. The farmer then checks the process, which can take many days up to 2 weeks. The craftsmanship determines the quality of the product. In a calm, controlled way, the Marabu wood is (slowly) converted into the characteristic CARBON Charcoal.
Due to the controlled method of production, charcoal of a pure kind is obtained. That means that the charcoal is very highly carbonized. Almost all wood is converted into carbon. As a result, this species has little trouble with the formation of smoke and the emission of odors during use. The Marabu itself is a type of wood that produces little smoke when burned. This property is preserved.
Marabu is a heavy type of wood. Even when converted to charcoal, the Marabu remains heavy, which means it has a high calorific value. Other charcoal can also be heavy, due to moisture and combustion residues, with a low calorific value, something we don’t want. Our CARBON Charcoal burns for a long time and at a high temperature. Due to its purity, it makes a nice tinkling sound when burned.
The big advantage is the long burning time and the pure type of charcoal, with an exceptionally good price-quality ratio. Moreover, it concerns 100% waste wood that helps nature instead of exploiting it.
CARBON is CO2 neutral, as it is necessary in Cuba to keep this exotic usurer in check, it must be pruned back to give the original vegetation a chance to grow. With the purchase of CARBON you not only contribute to a better environment, but also to the restoration of the primeval forests in Cuba and the income of the local community.
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