Come and experience the “lost art” of turning wood into charcoal, just as the furnace colliers did over a century ago. The continuous demonstration will begin Saturday morning and last through Sunday afternoon outside the Blacksmith Shop. The process we will demonstrate is the same as the real colliers practiced at the furnace. The only difference is that we are only charcoaling a small amount of wood, about 1/4 cord of wood, whereas the real colliers put 35 to 50 cords in a pit. This means we can do in 24 hours what took the colliers a couple of weeks!
CHARCOAL BURN BEGINS
On Saturday morning, the pit will be built and lit. Throughout the afternoon and evening, the pit will be watched as the wood slowly turns into charcoal. The color of the smoke tells the colliers what is happening inside.
9:30 am to 10:30 am Preparation of hearth, Building of hearth (stacking wood, covering with leaves and dirt.)
CHARCOAL BURN CONTINUES
Early Sunday morning, the pit will “Come to Foot” which means it has fully coaled. Throughout the morning, we will damp it off the smother any remaining fire. After lunch, we will begin raking out the charcoal.
9:00 am Damp off pit.
9:00 am to 1:00 pm Hearth cools.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Rake out charcoal.
3:00 pm End of demonstration.
Sunday, July 25 at 12:00am to 3:00pm
Greenwood Furnace State Park, Charcoal Hearth near Blacksmith Shop
15795 Greenwood Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652-5831