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Blowin
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone's in this neck of the woods, they can have mine!

To my way of thinking, if I've got to involve the cost of machinery, it lessens the economic viability of the idea so, for my one and only foray into briquette making, I filled a plastic bin with water and spent hours tearing my large supply of newsprint into strips and putting them in the bin. After a few days I raked the stodgy mess out and did the making. I got very cold and not a little wet in the process.

The result was a good supply of uniform size briquettes which I then stacked, turf style, in the boiler house to dry - not a quick process. Eventually I used them in the wood burner and they burnt, but the heat produced was pathetic and the only use I can recommend them for is to keep a fire burning during, say, the middle of the day if you don't want to have to light it again for the evening.

I get rid of most of my newspapers as compost in one form or another and any left overs go to recycling, but that's not often. In my opinion, this idea is another 'Green' fad that obeys the creed but has little benefit - and none at all for the effort involved!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh but the process keeps you warm making them!
Jack.....throw that Tipp flag into the mixer when you are at it.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok yea lads like inventions this is genius "Dont try this at home unless your confidant your pressure gauge works" still genius for air refill for cleaning computer or oil refill.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mimSDtqljMA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doLPFPeJ6JE&src_vid=mimSDtqljMA&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_993783159
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:01 pm    Post subject: diy Reply with quote

hi ,this project is for a mens shed. jack
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:03 pm    Post subject: end result Reply with quote

hi, some briquettes, made about 50.local mens shed to visited me Saturday morning. jack


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack - If I can offer a word of advice, there's not enough air circulating?

If you place two blocks, side by side, about 2 inches apart, then another two at right angles to them on top and so on, I think they'll dry out quicker. They take long enough anyway.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your local shop recycles unsold newspapers. They only send back the front page, the rest goes in a recycling bin. Mine is happy for me to take whatever I like from the bin.

I suppose it makes sense if you treat the briquettes like wood. Get a pallet, and make some every week for 6 months. Then start a new pallet, after six months, same again. That way, after a year, you will have a supply of properly seasoned briquettes. The only limitation would be the supply of paper, and how arsed you can be to to it.

We are poor. We eke out 250 euro's worth of heating oil each winter, so most of our heat comes from wood. We jump at any chance to get hold of firewood, and cut and split it, then unless it's ash or holly, systematically season it. Any softwood is split for kindling. We even stop and chuck branches in the car as we drive around.

Making briquettes once a week would be a welcome addition to our heating pile; surely no more effort than chainsaw and axe?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tippben - If you're ever likely to be down this way, drop me a PM but, in the meantime, do you really get much heat out of briquettes?

From the little I've seen of N Tipp, it's not unlike this area and, as you point out, it makes sense to stock up with fire stuff at any time of year, including summer, and I'd have thought that, if you spend time collecting preferably small firewood - say up to 6 inches - you'd lay in a far better resource than briquettes. I get more than I can use and seldom get my chainsaw out. I've made myself a sturdy sawing horse and saw at least 90% of mine with a 36" bow saw. A useful activity in the shed when it's raining and about 10 worth of blades per year - plus it keeps me warm while I do it.

Do you have a trailer for the car?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: diy Reply with quote

hi.a few members of the local mens sheds called last Saturday.they looked at my briquetter maker,they asked a lot of questions,more or less what the people here comment.on . I showed them a couple of videos.they picked out this one to make. all made of timber. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt0QQe6Eetw
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:30 pm    Post subject: mens shed Reply with quote

hi here is a link to the mens sheds .jack. http://menssheds.ie/
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent video, Pondigger, and easy to build.

The only thing I don't like about menssheds.ie is that they all seem to rely on members joining Facebook which then opens them up to being pestered with unwanted messages. It took me ages to get myself OFF the damned thing after I inadvertently registered to look for something.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:10 pm    Post subject: diy Reply with quote

hi changed the briquetter maker to make round briquette with a hole in them,should dry faster ,jack


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent and well done. You still need a spirit level!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ha ha .santy is bringing me a level for Christmas.jack. happy Christmas every body.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you and yours Jack.
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