I want to make my own charcoal but all the info I find on the web seems to be directed towards making charcoal for blacksmithing or forging. In these applications they use any type of wood available and are probably not too worried about remaining substances in the charcoal as I am in using it to cook over! I have a 55 gallon barrel and directions on how to modify it for making charcoal in and would like any info or links to info that would help me make cooking/smoking grade charcoal. I'm a newbie and this is only my second posting. Thanks to all for the warm welcome. Being part of SMF is going to be fun AND informative!!