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Inexpensive/Homemade Pelletizer?

 
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Location: NE Ohio
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We want to use a pelletizer in a two-fold manner.

First we would like to use it to make grass/weed pellets to feed into a pellet stove. We’ve seen a video of someone that was making bricks with a unit that he made and that is would work would work for burning, but not for animal feed so we need something smaller like pellets.

We also want to pelletize comfrey as animal feed. So a pelletizer that would process both is what we are most interested in.

Does anyone do this on a small scale? What products do you use? Have you made a pelletizer?

Money is an issue so a new small-scale pelletizer for 5k is out-of-the-question. Thanks.
 
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Hello Darlene,
Check out this site: http://www.pelletmillshop.com/
 
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There is no "cheap" way to get into pellets unless you happen into a good used machine.

The link will die soon, but they are out there: http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/bfs/3919774320.html

The catch with that machine is it is 3-phase power, which if you don't have it already would be very expensive to add.

I ran the numbers on the small mills, and the fuel/power/time/capital to run them made it more expensive than just buying the feed and fuel. And I have unlimited free sawdust at my disposal.
 
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