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Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Making Charcoal

Catoctin Mountain Park

 

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By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
1. Making Charcoal Marker
Inscription.  After building a triangular chimney and stuffing it with sticks, the collier stacked logs in concentric circles around the flue. The 12-foot-high stack consisted of 30 to 50 cords—two or three times the logs you see in this replica. The collier filled gaps between the logs with sticks and covered the stack with a layer of dirt and charcoal dust and leaves.

He removed the center pole, or fagan, and dropped embers into the chimney to start the fire. As the inner logs turned to charcoal, he periodically "jumped the stack" to find hot spots, which he covered to keep the air out and control the rate of burning. After two weeks, the collier raked the charcoal into small piles so it could cool.

[Image caption:]
A collier climbs atop a stack to check the fire, one of many hazardous tasks in a dirty and dangerous job.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 38.692′ N, 77° 26.633′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County
Making Charcoal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
2. Making Charcoal Marker
. Marker can be reached from Park Central Road north of Foxville Road (Maryland Route 77), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. On the grounds of Catoctin Mountain Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14707 Park Central Road, Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Collier's Hut (within shouting distance of this marker); Wood Hauler's Sled (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preparing the Hearth (about 400 feet away); Wood—the Essential Ingredient (about 500 feet away); Signs of the Past (about 600 feet away); Fueling the Furnace (about 700 feet away); Making Whiskey (approx. half a mile away); Blue Blazes Still (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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