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X is for Xylanthrax

X is for Xylanthrax- We bet you thought we couldn’t come up with something for X but we did! Xylanthrax is charcoal. In the days before coal was readily available, charcoal was used by blacksmiths to heat iron for crafting tools, hardware, and horseshoes. The Monadnock Region had abundant wood resources and some farmers took up charcoal production.

Charcoal is produced by tightly stacking wood in a conical shape kiln. The kiln firing removed all the moisture and impurities from the wood and left behind pure carbon. Charcoal burns at a much higher temperature than wood making it an ideal fuel for metal work.

There is little evidence of charcoal production left in the region but Dublin’s Charcoal Road is named for the charcoal kiln built by Asa Knowlton in the early 19th century. According to the Dublin History published in 1920, the kiln was still standing at that time.

Charcoal Road in Dublin is named for Asa Knowlton’s 19th century charcoal kiln.


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X is for Xylanthrax published on June 9, 2019.