The Charcoal Factory


How charcoal is made? Producing charcoal is a time consuming process. Most of the process is manually done.

The charcoal factory in Matang (Kuala Sepetang) is located right in the middle of a spectacular mangrove forest. Kuala Sepetang is located in north Malaysia, near the old town of Taiping. Mangrove forest is an important part of the ecosystems around the world and in Malaysia there is fortunately quite some left.

Mr. Chuah Chow Aun is the second generation in the family who own a charcoal factory since the 1930’s. It all start with harvesting the mangrove trees. The trees need a certain size which is reached after 30 years. When an area is harvested, new trees are planted and that area is not touched then for 30 years. The trees are transported with the high tide into the factory. Trees can not be processed with the bark so workers clean the trees. Then the trees are transported to igloo like cones were the baking process starts.

These cones are all handmade without any architecture drawing design.This cone is used for around 15 years. Once the cone is finished, the logs are brought inside and heated. The process is in fact very simple and complicated at the same time. It’s all about the right temperature, so the process have to be monitored 24 hours a day.

From the highway, choose Changat Jering junction and follow the direction to Taiping. At the crossroads where you choose right to Taiping, you have to follow the direction to Kuala Sepetang, which is 11 km away. Just before arriving in Kuala Sepetang you will find the Mangrove forest sanctuary. Opposite of the forest is Mr. Chuah’s factory, a highly recommended visit!

written by ripsta on 2009-09-08 in #world #locations #ripsta #malaysia #factory


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    N°11 is very nice and N°3 is cool too... Makes me smile : )

  2. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    u are the star man!

  3. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Very interesting location. I like number 11 very much, too !

  4. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    In Spain we have a lot of phrases or sayings. There is one who says: "You will not go to bed without knowing one more thing".
    Today, you make it real !!!
    If we know the work that exists behind every daily thing, we will learn to value them much more.
    Thank you for this one !!!

  5. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    x hajak...nice location yaww..

  6. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    congraaaaats broooo!!

  7. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    stouf and azurblue = Thanks dude
    my vitaminx = you are the star to dude
    Jaalvarez = Thanks. we have to value every daily things around us.
    eastmoe = Terima this time kome pi mtv world stage tu..nak ajak camno yoowww...
    adi top = rezeki bulan ramadan...terima kasih dude..

  8. deeseeohecks
    deeseeohecks ·

    Number 11 is fantastic

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