Biomass briquette using scrap material

 Biomass Briquettes from scrap material

The Little Little Woodshop reduced its carbon footprint by making a biomass briquette using scrap material. I have an abundance of saw dust from the shops dust collection system to wood shavings from my planer. If I just bagged these up, took them to the dump then I’m contributing to the problem, not a solution.

This was unacceptable since my shop wants to make a difference environmentally. Perusing the information super highway gave me the knowledge needed to correct this problem. I will share with you my resolve to this issue, the steps I took and how to make the finished product.

Biomass Briquette Recipe

The recipe calls for just three ingredients to make a biomass briquette. Wood shavings or sawdust, newspaper and water. Old newspaper, junk mail and other publications make their way to my office shredder.

I collect, bag and store this until needed in a safe dry location away from any combustibles. The wood shavings and sawdust are mixed at a 50/50 consistency to combine them both together. The shredded newspaper is the binding agent for the briquettes to hold together. Once all ingredients are gathered I can’t stress enough to do this outside.

Biomass Briquette Press

The briquette press is what’s going to produce the biomass product for use in our stove. There are two options for the press, purchase or fabricate one. I will build my own press with minimal out-of-pocket expense showing you how. The materials I used are readily available from hardware stores or home improvement centers. Below are the items I used to fabricate my Biomass briquette using scrap material.

  • Simpson Strong-Tie E-Z Base 4 x 4 post base
  • 4 X 4 X 8 foot Cedar Post
  • 10.0″ Carriage Bolt, Washers (3), Nut (2)
  • 5 Gallon Buckets (2)
  • 5 Gallon Paint Mixer For Electric Drills 4 Inch
  • 1 15 Gallon  Plastic Trash Can

Biomass Briquette Production

Now that we have all our peripherals gathered it’s time to produce the actual product. I start with the five gallon buckets, adding the mixed sawdust/shavings in one and shredded newspaper in the other.

Using a drill with the paint mixer I make a soupy oatmeal type consistency in each bucket. Adding only small amounts of water at a time until I get the mixture I want. Both five gallon buckets are then dumped into the larger 15 gallon trash can and mixed thoroughly again.

I will periodically use my drill and mix the container to keep its consistency correct. Any small sturdy cup can be used to scoop the biomass mixture into the press. Again, I can’t stress the importance of doing this outside.

Briquette Drying Rack

The last stage to this operation is they ability to dry all our briquettes. Do-it-yourself individuals will make their own drying rack for their particular needs. I use a pair of sawhorses and a piece of acrylic lattice turning my briquettes once a day.

Once dried the briquettes should be stored in a dry location until heating season. I hope our biomass briquette using scrap material here was helpful to you. The little Little Woodshop produces approximately a half ton of scrap each year.

While not as much as other wood shops we strive to our part for the environment. The ability to re-use, reduce and benefit from waste that’s going to keep us warm makes sense. Give your own biomass briquette using scrap material a try today and reduce your heating cost.

Thank You for taking the time to read……….


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