Make wood briquettes yourself

More and more households are creating a wood stove. Heating with wood and briquettes, especially during the transitional period, can save a lot of heating costs. If you get larger amounts of sawdust, you can even press your wood briquettes yourself. In the following article we will explain to you how you can make the wood briquettes yourself and what you should pay attention to.

More and more wood stoves in German households

Wood stoves or tiled stoves are the trend. They not only create a particularly pleasant atmosphere. Especially in the transitional period from summer to winter and from winter to summer many of these wood and coal stoves can take over the task of heating completely, so the heating system are turned off. This saves considerable amounts of money.

You can usually burn these fuels

Moreover, anyone who runs a wood and coal stove at home will confirm that such a stove generates a much more comfortable heat. Most stoves can be heated with different fuels:

  • Wood
  • Wood briquettes and pellets
  • coke
  • briquettes
  • Hard coal and brown coal
  • paper briquettes

Sawdust wood briquettes from our own production

If you have a chance to get rid of sawdust as a waste product in a joinery or furniture making business for free, you can take the opportunity to make the wood briquettes yourself. You can either purchase a manual or an automatic briquette press. Manual presses are operated by muscle power. Therefore, the briquettes are not pressed as solid and evenly as by an automatic briquette press.

Manual versus automatic wood briquette press

However, the initial cost is much higher and worthwhile only if you can really rely on large amounts of sawdust. While the calorific value of hand-pressed wood briquettes is difficult to classify, briquetting from automatic presses is quite high - if done correctly.

This is how you make your wood briquettes yourself

This means that it is best to soak the sawdust in water the day before processing. The minimum soaking time should be 12 hours. Then scoop up the swollen sawdust slurry and fill it in according to the manufacturer's instructions of the press manufacturer. Then squeeze the sawdust porridge with maximum muscle power or just "by pressing a button".

Let the briquettes dry for at least half a year

You should also start pressing the briquettes at least half a year in advance. The calorific value increases analogously to the decreasing moisture content of the briquettes. But even after half a year, the briquettes will not be 100% dried depending on the storage conditions. Maybe you can dry the briquettes in the sun or in a warm, well ventilated place.

Alternatively to wood briquettes, press paper briquettes yourself

Incidentally, you can also do paper briquettes yourself. However, here the effort is again significantly higher. You should preferably use newspaper. You have to tear this small and also soak for up to twelve hours. But already the tearing is a real challenge. But also the calorific value of paper briquettes, if they are well dehumidified, not bad. Maybe you can try and squeeze a mixed briquette of paper and sawdust.

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