Our Charcoal Making course is aimed at beginners – come along and find out how your BBQ charcoal is made. Believed to date back to the iron age, this is one of the oldest crafts known to man!

charcoal making course – 1 day

We have made some changes to our Course Program – please see our Course Update page for more information.

date:18 May 2024
17 May 2025
overview:Make your own Charcoal! Learn the art and science of converting low grade wood into high grade BBQ charcoal. You will load, burn and shut down a kiln, grade the coal and bag it up, all in 1 day.
start time:9.30am tea/ introductions for 10am start
lunch:approx 1pm – 2pm
please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
finish time:approx 4.30pm
cost:£80 per person (2024)
£100 per person (2025)
tutor:to be confirmed
cancellations:we will provide a full refund if you cancel your place more than 14 days in advance of the course start date. Please note that we will be unable to refund your course fee or transfer you to another course if you cancel your place less than 14 days before the start of the course.
what to wear:Wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the current weather conditions. You will be outside for most of the course.
course size:maximum of 8 participants
what to bring:all tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any interesting tools!
how to book:Booking Form
location: Courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, between Edenbridge and Sevenoaks, Kent. Bore Place is an environmental and educational charity on a 500 acre organic dairy farm, set in beautiful low weald countryside. Converted farm buildings and a Jacobean Manor House offer accommodation if required, with walks and local pubs to enjoy when you’re not wooding! Directions will be sent to you once you’ve booked on a course and can also be accessed from the Workshop Directions Page.
accommodation:Depending on availability, there are cottages to rent on site for £185 per night (minimum of 2 nights). It is essential that you contact Bore Place in advance to book accommodation. Please call 01732 463255 or email bookings@boreplace.org.
There are also two beautiful yurts and two cosy shepherds huts on site - see Free Range Glamping for more information.

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John Waller, Underwoodsman
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 3 reviews
 by Kent Sadler
Excellent day in great surroundings!

Excellent day in great surroundings. Surrounded by wildlife with a plentiful supply of wood and being shown differing methods of creating charcoal with the aid of great tuition. I hope I am correct in saying that all attendees learnt a lot and could go away after a fun but educational day. Oh, I have just used the charcoal from Bore Place - good stuff!

 by David Napper
Charcoal making

Excellent course, well explained with different practical methods used during the day. Very informative and worthwhile.

 by charlie winter
charcoal making day

Learnt to make charcoal with John Shepard. Very knowledgeable chap. definately worth doing for your first introduction to charcoal making.