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This would definitely result in a softer charcoal.  This is a lot more expensive in manpower per resultant ounce, as opposed to pound of charcoal.

Any evidence of this being done in period?

What would it be used for, then and now?  

Thanks,
   Stefan

On Oct 3, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Debra Hense <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> A finer, softer, charcoal can also be made from grapevine vines.
> Surround with clay and pop in the fire until done - usually an hour or
> so later.  It takes some experimenting.
> 
> Kateryn

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