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Charcoal burning: Charcoal has been described as an 'almost perfect fuel', the burning of which still persists to this day.

Charcoal burning

The wood used in charcoal is not completely burnt but simply charred. Preparations for charcoal burning were made with great care, the stack built up in layers and always on level ground. The single wheeled barrow known as a 'mare' would be used for carrying logs to the burning area, and the large pronged rake for uncovering the charcoal when burning was complete.

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