Is wood burnt at very high temperature, exposing itself to as little air as possible. Black powder or granules. Very dusty, light cargo. Can absorb moisture to about 18-70% of its weight. Bulk density: 199 kg/m3. Non-IMSBC Code information: used as decolourising and filtering medium for purification of oils, gas adsorbent, component of black powder and other explosives, fuel etc. Chemically, it is a highly porous form of carbon. 
Trade Names (Synonyms)
Wood, charcoal screenings, charcoal wood, charcoal (briquettes) .


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