Charcoal Factory Kuala Sepetang
The business of charcoal making from still thrive at Kuala Sepetang. It receives its abundance supply of Bakau Minyak trees and the Bakau Kurap trees from the mangrove forest nearby. The factory has been around since 1930. It is now run by the second generation of Chuah family and still preserves the traditional way of charcoal making.
The factory is located along the northern Perak coastline, just 15 kilometres from Taiping. The charcoal produced here is claimed to be the best charcoal in Asia and has a lot of demand from the large Japanese market. Charcoal is not only used for cooking purposes but also in filtration system and cosmetics. Unknown to many, the charcoal making technique is actually was brought by Japanese during their occupation.
The premise has several long zinc roofed wooden sheds. The stacks of bakau wood logs are arranged on top of each other and the smoking kiln can be found there. There is also a jetty where the boats unload the logs brought from the nearby mangrove forest.
The sheds are where the main process of turning the wood into charcoal takes place. The logs will be heated at 85° C inside the kiln for 10 days to remove the moisture inside them. After 10 days, the temperature of the kiln will be increased to about 220° C and the logs will be heated for another 12 days. The kiln is left to cool for another week or so before the cured wood can be taken out.
Daily:9.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m
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