About Wood Vinegar

Wood vinegar is a light brownish liquid that is produced through the natural act of carbonization. This occurs when organic biomass material is heated in an oxygen reduced environment leading to the thermal decomposition of materials and release of volatile elements. The exhaust from this char production is then condensed into a liquid. The condensate then further separates into wood vinegar, bio-oil, and tar.

Wood vinegar has a low pH (around 3) and contains more than 200 organic compounds, which include:

  • Water

  • Methanol

  • Ester

  • Acetic acid

  • Ketone

These various elements work synergistically for a greater outcome. The composition and properties of wood vinegar depend on feed source materials as well as the method (time/temperature) of pyrolysis.

Wood vinegar has a long history of successful use throughout Asia for the replacement of expensive fossil derived agriculture chemicals. There is evidence of the successful use dating back to thousands of years in the Amazon and even in the 1900s when substantial factories commercially produced wood vinegar with creosote as a source of acetic acid.

Benefits of Wood Vinegar for Organic Agriculture

Wood vinegar reduces the cluster value of water by 1/3. The water is activated and is easily absorbed by the plants and animals due it’s small mass. Each of these masses hold one or more of mineral elements. These elements are easily absorbed by plants and will greatly reduce the use of agro-chemicals. However, it should not be combined with alkaline chemicals.

Benefits of Wood Vinegar as Fertilizer:

  • Stimulates plant and vegetable growth

  • Strengthens roots and leaves

  • Improved absorption within the roots

  • Quantity of microbes

  • Increased soil microbial weight

  • Improves flavor, color, firmness, and preservation of fruit

  • Crop resistance to adverse conditions

  • Thicker and stronger steams

  • Higher growth rates

  • More resistant to disease

  • Stimulate development of crops

Benefits of Wood Vinegar as Pesticide:

  • Repels pests and insects

  • Prevents plant infection from fungal, bacterial diseases and viruses

  • Reduce odor

  • Preservative for corn

Other benefits:

  • Enriches soil fertility

  • Facilitates composting

  • Accelerates seed germination