Near Panaca in Lincoln County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Panaca Summit Charcoal Kilns
Local silver ore processing required large quantities of fuel. Since charcoal burned twice as hot as cordwood and was more economical to transport, it became the preferred fuel for smelting. Swiss and Italian woodcutters, known as "Carbonari", had perfected the charcoal-making process in Europe. They brought these skills to the mining regions of Nevada in the mid-19th century. "Billets" or five foot lengths of wood were cut from the trunks and branches of pinon pine, juniper or mountain mahoghany. These were hauled to the kiln site and stacked in two vertical tiers within the ovens. Dry grasses and kindling were stuffed into the central "chimney" of the wood stack and ignited with live coals. Openings around the base of the kiln regulated the air flow, creating a steady fire; the vent at the top of the kiln was plugged to slow and control the burning rate. The carbonari would carefully
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior- Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 37° 48.783′ N, 114° 10.245′ W. Marker is near Panaca, Nevada, in Lincoln County. Touch for map. Barely east of Panaca Summit, head north on Panaca Kilns Road (Unmarked dirt road). These kilns are several miles back through the forest. This trip is not for the Prius, or for those who don't like to leave the beaten path. Marker is in this post office area: Panaca NV 89042, United States of America.
Also see . . . Panaca Summit Kilns, Lincoln County. A first person account of a trip to the kilns. (Submitted on October 11, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. 2. submitted on October 11, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.