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Upper Moutere: Fachwerk-style hop kiln (2nd of 2)

Upper Moutere: Fachwerk-style hop kiln

This early hop kiln at Neudorf, near Upper Moutere, was built in the Fachwerk (or half-timbered) style common in northern Germany. Hop kilns are distinctive buildings with ventilation cowls at the apex of a corrugated-iron roof. The cowls were some 5 to 6 metres above the hops, which were dried by passing a warm current of air over them, reducing their weight by around 90%. Kilns were heated by coke and charcoal. Coke was shipped from Westport to Motueka and then carted to Upper Moutere. Charcoal was made locally.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson places - Moutere Hills and Tasman Bay', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29073/upper-moutere-fachwerk-style-hop-kiln (accessed 22 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 22 Apr 2015