A week or two back, I added a resource on Making Charcoal. Now, I have never made my own charcoal, due to having resided in Southeast Asia for so long. Here, I just always found it cheaper to buy, than to concern myself with making it. Of course, the price changes yearly - sometimes a bit higher; other times a bit lower. I have seen it as low as $5.00 USD per sack and as high as $7.00 USD per sack. Currently, these sacks are sold here at the rate of $6.25 USD: We typically keep between 6 and 8 sacks on hand, at any given time. (If I ever get around to constructing another storage building, we will stock 50 to 60 sacks of charcoal.) The charcoal filled sacks are are sold by volume, not weight. They are sold in old rice sacks, which formerly contained between 90 kgs and 100 kgs (~198 lbs to ~220 lbs) of raw harvested rice from the fields. So, as you can see in the photo above, they are not small volumes, by any means. Even with cheap labor here, I can't help but think of how much easier it is to buy the sacks, which includes them delivering the sacks wherever we wish, over making it ourselves. To make it on site, we would have to secure the timber, have a vehicle to bring the timber here, run the tools to make the charcoal (chainsaw, ax, keep a fire going, etc.), and have two employees working full time, in order to do this. Besides, if she were to go to the guy and tell him she wanted 50 to 60 sacks, I am pretty certain he would come off his full price. Heck, at the rate 5 or 6 sacks typically lasts us, 50 to 60 sacks would last several years. The charcoal / wood burning stove below is an Upesi Stove. I have a resource titled "How To Make A Upesi Stove" on this site, which may benefit those interested in building one. Now, why did I really bother posting this? I'm always thinking of things that may NOT work after a SHTF scenario. There may not be LPG. There may not be electricity. But, I'm pretty sure we would still be able to cook over a charcoal or wood fire, even after such an event. Two is one, and one is none.