In one of our trips back to the province, I saw this at a neighbor’s house. They make charcoal out of fallen trees destroyed by typhoons. So this is how they make it now. When I was younger, my grandpa would gather tree trunks (they had plenty back then), dig a hole in the ground and arrange the cut wood then put rice husks on top , let them burn all night and gather the newly made charcoal early in the morning. A pail of water is on hand where the charcoal is dipped and let them under the sun to dry for a day or two. We used them to cook on a wide wooden stove. I remember my grandma using charcoal on metal irons. There was no electricity back then and life was simple.
It is so sad that the recent typhoon that hit the province destroyed some of our fruit-bearing trees. It takes years for them to grow and it is hard to replace the robust ones. My mom would gather firewood and neatly arrange them in a pile. Yes, they still use them from time to time especially when there are occasions that need preparations in cooking . It is more convenient to use large pots and pans in preparing several recipes, where firewood is a necessity.
I smiled when I saw this, it reminded me of the times when I was ten and it was a joy to help grandpa arrange the cut stems and branches in a pile like this.
I hope they would plant more trees to replace those which were destroyed by calamities. Trees prevent erosion which in turn prevent floods.