There’s no reason I need to make charcoal—I don’t normally use it for anything, and if I did, bags of it are so easy to buy. But I find the whole process of exhausting wood sticks into little brittle black pieces so much fun that I’m going to start inventing reasons to use charcoal in my life.
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Grant Thompson shows us how he makes his charcoal: by stuffing paint cans with stir sticks, sawdust, and crap he found on the ground, puncturing a hole on the lid, and then tossing those cans in a fire. Once the hole stops showing smoke, you have charcoal.