tger greenhaddock: Paper Brickettes

Friday, May 12, 2006

Paper Brickettes

This blog doesn’t get many hits from search engines, but the majority of the ones it does receive are for the search string Paper Brickettes. These are made from shredded newspaper which has been soaked, pressed into a brick shaped mould and then left to dry. The finished product can then be burnt in wood burning stoves. Interestingly enough these hits are normally from Australia & New Zealand. Perhaps you are not allowed to burn Eucalyptus trees in the antipedies?

I purchased my paper brickette maker (shown above) from CAT in the UK last year and I have been very impressed with the results. I made about 30 brickettes (see photo for an example) last year and I intend to make a lot more this year. They burn well for about an hour and have a give out a good even heat. Last year our chimney sweep saw the brickettes I had made and was very impressed. It's a form of recycling and helps keep down our heating costs.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Maribeth said...

Amazing! Never heard of anything like that. With heating oil prices around $2.39 cents a gallon, one might be thinking of something like this for next winter.
PS: I know, I know. You don't want to hear me complain about fuel prices here in the US. But for pesioners on a fixed income the increase really hurts!

May 12, 2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger matt said...

That is a pretty neat idea. Since I've recently become the proud owner of a new paper shredder I'll have to look around for a brick maker here in the states.

May 12, 2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger traveller one said...

Well that's a cool idea! I bet it be better than the 100 lb logs we used to keep warm this winter!

May 12, 2006 4:55 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

That's really cool... Or sould I say "hot"? :-) BTW, how long does it take you to make those brickettes?

May 12, 2006 7:01 PM  
Blogger Mike B said...

That is cool ... the best search I've had to date was "Cyanide Robbers Die" which only leads to a useless blurb about stupid criminals in China ....

At least you are providing useful information.

May 13, 2006 12:58 AM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

cool ...
sorry to hear about your woods ... at least the "sound ecological reasons" don't include paving ...

May 13, 2006 1:03 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Great idea - how long does it take you to make the bricks?

May 13, 2006 7:10 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maribeth - Fuel prices unfortunately seem to be heading in only one direction....Up :(

Matt - I'm sure if the brickette makers are sold in the UK, somebody must be selling/making them in the USA.

Traveller One - I cant totally rely on brickettes (yet). I'd be making them every day all summer long! :)

Canadianswiss - The whole process is a bit time consuming. First is the tearing up of the paper (I use a shredder). Then the paper has to be soaked in water for a few hours. The actual making the brickette doesnt take long, but the drying out process takes days!

Mike - I'd love a search with "Cyanide Robbers Die" in it. I'm not really sure why I dont get much search traffic. Perhaps I need to spice my entries a bit more :)

Rory - They have stopped chopping down the trees since the trees leaved. I presume they will continue in the winter. I will try and find out more.

Karen - The whole process takes a long time but most of it is for the brickettes to dry out :)

May 13, 2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Incredible! I love the concept and maybe we could use that once we actually have a fireplace to burn things in!

May 13, 2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger Neutron said...

...pardon me if I say, "bugger brickettes!!!!!"

May 14, 2006 12:08 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Expat - I like the idea of being a bit self sufficient and the brickettes are a great idea :)

Neutron - You are pardoned sir :)

May 14, 2006 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Haddock,

First, thank you for your comment at my site. I appreciate it. Secone, where can I obtain one of thosse brick makers? I certainly could use one here in Nothern California in the winter.

Cheera!

May 14, 2006 5:46 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Doug - The only place I could find was in the UK. They are called CAT. If you click on the links in the text of the post it will take you to their site. They ship to Europe, so maybe they will ship to USA as well :)

May 14, 2006 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Doug,
There is now a New Logmaker which does not need to soak the paper and can use any burnable waste to create 'Logs'in minutes and which can be burnt immediatly.
Go to www.logmaker.org.uk for all the info. They ship anywhere in the world.

Cheers

Leslie

June 12, 2006 11:01 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Hi
I started making my own using some plastic down water pipe and a bottle jack. I were great but a little messing about. I have now broght a log maker to see the difernce and are at present busy shreadding paper,soaking and making the logs. They look great. but I have been reading about adding sawdust,mmmmm i might try that see what difference it makes.
Good luck all.
Alan

September 07, 2008 6:29 PM  
Blogger WeirdWood said...

I do a similar thing at my workshop as I produce a lot of sawdust which I intigrate with the peper briquettes for my woodburner.

All part of the Eco policy here at WeirdWood :-)

http://www.weird-wood.blogspot.com/

December 30, 2011 11:24 AM  

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