Newspaper Briquettes

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thestens

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Newspaper Briquettes
« on: December 19, 2013, 20:02 »
Anyone make and use them for heating? Soon moving to house with multifuel burner and will mostly use smokeless fuel and wood( pallets) but wondered whether it was worth making the newspaper briquettes? Also have read in some places about soaking or maybe dampening them with old cooking oil to get a better burn sounds a bit smelly to me what thoughts do people have?
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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 20:26 »
I've a sneaking suspicion they may have been discussed on the forum in the past; might be worth doing a search.

I'm definitely not convinced by the idea of cooking oil, though!
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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2013, 07:46 »
Thanks Yorkie can't seem to find anything in a search.

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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2013, 07:54 »
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2013, 11:00 »
Thanks for the link. We take a large format newspaper every day and am getting the briquette maker from Freecycle so will give it a go. The house we are moving to is pretty isolated so will save a trip to the dustbin( half mile away) to recycle paper. So should be a saving all ways round.

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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2013, 22:22 »
Someone I knew a few years ago made bricks from a broadsheet and mixed with coal dust from their bunker.
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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2013, 22:34 »
We made some last year, I mixed a little very cheap wallpaper paste into some of them, but it made everything sticky.

They are okay, but a faff to make, and take a while to dry out.  I stored ours in the end of my polytunnel, on a pallet, with plenty of space around them until they were properly dry.

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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2013, 16:18 »
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRIQUETTE-MAKER-PAPER-LOG-RECYCLES-ECO-FIRE-FREE-FUEL-BRICK-BLOCK-NEWSPAPER-/310761278014?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Other_Fireplaces&hash=item485ad0ca3e#ht_3033wt_1123
This is the thing that I have used in the past. Very simple to use and they make good brick for burning as well. Have a look.

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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2013, 11:10 »
Have made them in the past using a device similar to the one in miggs' link.

They are okay, but a faff to make, and take a while long time to dry out.

Verdict: not worth the bother.
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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2013, 15:28 »
http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=90263.0

look up paper brick handmade machine...fantastic bricks..we have metal baskets and sit them in sun, takes about 3-4 days to dry and burns for ages.
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Re: Newspaper Briquettes
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2013, 20:32 »
wouldn't be without my briquette making press gadget.

Mostly use shreddies (bank statement plus pretty well any other paper that I don't want as long as there isnt too much of a glaze on it.)  I save up the bits whenever the shredder is full and periodicaly have a half hour in the sunshine soaking the shreddies then forming them up.  I leave them to dry for months though (stand my long plastic seed tray holders on them) and even sometimes finish them off on waste heat from the boiler.   When I have any coal dust in the bunker I tend to mix that in too, ditto sawdust...  not tried oils - prefer the nice clean burn of the pure paper ones best. 

Apart from the coal dust and sawdust, it is fun to make a few with a reasonable proportion of (shredded) shiny wrapping paper - get some lovely coloured flames!

Not sure about using them as a major heat source - but breaking them over the hearth edge leaves lovely rough faces in the split that makes them really useful for coaxing back into life a fire that is on its last dull embers as the hanging paper shreds lights readily.
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