Saw "preppers"program on National Geographic last night and one person showed how to
make chredded papper into a bisket to burn for firewood.
The demo was so fast I was not able to catch it at all.
I would like to know how to do this! think it is a great way
to use paper and could make a ton of them for firewood. sustainable and
can be free.
If anyone know how to do this I would like to know.
Although they don't use briquets, I highly recommend Safari grills/ Qwik Grills. They use crumpled pieces of newspaper and work really well. You can only find them on Ebay, these days, but they're well worth it. The food comes out just like it's grilled over charcoal and all it takes is between ten and twenty sheets of newspaper. It does not work for thick cuts (I used it for burgers, thin steaks and satay type kebabs). The only real downsdie is that they are made of very thin metal and they just don't last. I am being particularly careful with my latest acquisition, keeping it out of the rain for starters, and using fewer sheets of newspaper at a time so the flame doesn't get so hot. If this one wears out, I will have one made of better materials.
Karen Crane wrote:You say you made them....the shredded paper biskets? Or the stove?
Either way,would like your formula.
Not the stove
I soaked the paper in water with a small quantity of bleach for between a couple of hours to a couple of days (the length of time depends on the type of paper that you use - newspaper is much quicker than office paper) then when it is just starting to lose it's shape I put it into one of the briquette makers to squeeze all of the water out. The problem I then had was finding a place to stack them all to dry. I had them in our old bothy which is quite damp so they took a while. You need to make sure they arenn't touching so that they will dry a bit quicker - a greenhouse or polytunnel would probably be great. I then made sure that before I used them on the fire they had a couple of days inside. I found I needed quite a few logs to each of the paper briquettes in order for the fire to burn as I like it.
Thanks for your reply!
this is a lot of the same formula to make paper out of
old papers. Although to make paper you need to ad something
that will make it stick together like boiled down ocra.
Then it is pulverized with a beater or blender and put
into presses. That makes it flat paper but I am wondering if
you couldnt make the biskets the same way.
Sounds interesting. Will want to tey out all the different ideas on this.
Modern paper is a problem to burn as it contains so much clay to give "high quality" printing. The old news papers in the days of b&w only printing were ok, but where colour printing is used they are nowhere near as good. I'd compost it rather than burn it.
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