About Us

Jim Bettle owner of The Dorset Charcoal Company

The Dorset Charcoal Company

The Dorset Charcoal Company was established in 1996 in a response to Jim Bettle witnessing so called "waste" wood being bulldozered and burnt, as no economic use could be found for it. Discovering over 90% of charcoal used in this country is imported he decided there had to be a better way.

Over the years The Dorset Charcoal Company has expanded to offer a range of products with charcoal at their core often eliciting much surprise.

Over 20 years in business, the flame still burns bright!

Telephone: 01258 818 176

Email: enquiries@dorsetcharcoal.co.uk

The Dorset Charcoal Company Ltd.
Boundary's Edge, Pidney, Hazelbury Bryan,
Dorset. DT10 2EB


Our kiln technology is mobile!

Jim Bettle owner of The Dorset Charcoal Company
Jim Bettle owner of The Dorset Charcoal Company
Jim Bettle owner of The Dorset Charcoal Company

We are Mobile! This is important particularly to Dorset, which although with 12% woodland coverage it is characterised by a lot of small isolated or “farm” woodland.

To extract timber from these woods and transport it far enough to a road to allow for lorries to collect it is uneconomic and can result in the woodland management being neglected.

However if access is possible to these woodlands by our small truck we can locate our mobile kilns in the wood and then only have to extract out the produced charcoal which is of course is much lighter, making the system economically cost effective.

This type of mobile kiln technology also has a relevance for a wider global context and in recent years Jim Bettle has provided overseas consultancy to teach participants the skills of using these kilns were the forestry practices being employed have been proven to be properly regulated and enforced.

For more information please contact:   Jim Bettle.

Find out more about Dorset's woodlands:
Dorset an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Forsetry Commision - Dorset's Woodland Strategy Launched (PDF)

barbecue Charcoal Animal Feed Supliments Gradener's BioChar restaurant Grade barbecue Charcoal Charcoal Powder All our wood sources meet UK Forestry Commission standards.