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Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby dholmes » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:15 am

Ok - first let me say it's a good thing I'm the boss' wife because I've just spent an unseemly amount of time trying to find information on making fuel "pellets" or "briquettes" from shredded paper and dried leaves. I saw this on one of the Doomsday Prepper episodes on NatGeo.

The basic idea is to mix shredded paper with crumbled dried leaves <no, I don't know the ratio>. This mix is barely covered in water to soak, then put into a press to push the water out and taken out to finish drying.

I'm smart enough to figure out how to wet down the paper & leaves...but not the ratio of paper to leaves, if ya'll think that would matter :D
How to make the press is definitely going over my head. From what I remember from the show...it's a large pvc pipe with holes drilled into the bottom ((oh, and there's a center pvc pipe too - creates a "donut")). The watery mix is loaded into the pipe and some sort of heavy press in put down into the tube and pushed to press out excess water.

Here's my thoughts on the press. Metal plate <?> at the bottom......interior 2" pipe with holes drilled for water drainage......outer 6" pipe also with drilled holes......paper/leaf mixture goes into the space between the 2 pipes......may have to drill a hole or 2 in the metal plate for interior pipe drainage. Now, what can be used for the actual press? My mind is drawing a blank here. Oh, and how would you attach the 2 pipes to the metal plate?
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Re: Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby dinger66 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:54 am

could use plywood plates . i think they use a small bottle jack . i have been think of useing sawdust mixed with some type varnish . look at youtube i am sure there will be a press there .
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Re: Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby GAGLOCK » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:34 pm

Would it be similar to the roller/press for turning newpaper into firewood logs?
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Re: Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby dholmes » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:38 pm

I'm not a fan of youtube ;) - but I'll do some research there. If I find anything, I'll let ya'll know.
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Re: Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby dinger66 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:44 pm

if i see the episode agin i could tell you how to build that press
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Re: Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby gainesvegas_fam » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:31 pm

I believe the type of press on the Doomsday Preppers episode is a version of the Peterson Press. I also have an interest in building my own press. All the information that I came across said to play around with the mixture. I'm sure that there are some tried/trued recipes out there but I've not found any specific ones yet.
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Re: Want help - making fuel "pellets"

Postby dholmes » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:40 am

I found this yesterday, but didn't have time to watch it all - but it at least gives me a place to start. {{I mean, I don't even know what a bottle jack is :blush: }} His mixture is shredded paper and sawdust, but it's the same principle as what I saw in the Doomsday Prepper show. Oh, and I had better luck finding information on youtube using the term "fuel donuts" .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY4LUC78YW4
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