I readily admit to being a pyrophiliac and can generally be found near fire when there is fire. (Fire good, tree bad.) One of the byproducts of fire, naturally, is charcoal. I was looking into ways to activate charcoal instead of buying it over the counter - because how cool would it be able to just make your own - but my research so far isn't very promising.
Apparently, I require intense heat and very little oxygen in order to turn the home and garden variety of charcoal into activated charcoal (as one might find in Norit).
Is it possible to activate your own charcoal (preferably in one's backyard), and if so, does anyone have any ideas or suggestions that I can use to turn my meagre amount of (regular) charcoal into activated charcoal?