DIY Biomass Briquette Presses

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DIY Biomass Briquette Presses
Old newspapers are one of the many things that can be used to make briquettes. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

With the amount of organic waste produced by humans and the increasing need for alternative sources of energy, biomass briquettes are becoming a cheap and popular alternative around the world to standard methods of heating. The briquettes have become especially important in developing nations; however, they are also becoming more widely used in developed ones. For those eco-conscious or just looking for a cheap source for heating their homes, creating a simple briquette press to create biomass bricks is the best means to produce the affordable and clean way to heat a building.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clay brick wood mould
  • Drill with 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Measuring tape
  • 1-inch thick wood
  • Saw
  • Sanding paper
  • 4-inch by 4-inch by 1-inch thick pieces of iron

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  1. 1

    Drill one hole each in the middle of the smaller sides of the brick mould.

  2. 2

    Drill two holes, evenly spaced, in the longer side of the brick mould.

  3. 3

    Measure the inside perimeter of the brick press. Mark out the inside perimeter on the wood and cut it out using the saw.

  4. 4

    Try the cut out wood to see if it fits in the brick mould. If not, sand down the edges until it perfectly fits in the mould.

  5. 5

    Insert the piece of wood on top of biomass pressed in to the mould on a flat surface -- it should stick out about 1-inch from the top of the mould. Set the iron weights on it to press the material slowly; it should become a brick after about one hour.

Tips and warnings

  • A variety of biomass products can be used in the brick press.

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