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
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Things you need
- Clay brick wood mould
- Drill with 1/2-inch drill bit
- Measuring tape
- 1-inch thick wood
- Sanding paper
- 4-inch by 4-inch by 1-inch thick pieces of iron
Drill one hole each in the middle of the smaller sides of the brick mould.
Drill two holes, evenly spaced, in the longer side of the brick mould.
Measure the inside perimeter of the brick press. Mark out the inside perimeter on the wood and cut it out using the saw.
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.
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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