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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value For Money!, 10 May 2008
This review is from: Eko-Mania Paper Log Maker - Green (DIY & Tools)
1 year on and 800 bricks made - photos available on request

Our bricks are a composite of wood shavings and newspaper, well soaked and mashed before being pressed. This year we are using more newspaper and less shavings to make the pulp more compressible, and also these bricks seem to have a more dense and solid feel to them.

We have performed only two modifications to the brickmaker:

1) Adding padding to the handles to make the palm of the hands more comfortable during pressing.

2) The addition of a metal strap to the underneath of the brickmaker, attached using rivets (see photos). This was necessary because after about 750 bricks, the sides of the brickmaker tended to 'part' during pressing, and the 'u' shaped cradle would fall through the bottom by approximately 5mm. The strap now stops the sides from parting.

Quite a bit of corrosion has occured as you can see from the photos, but this has not been a problem, and we expect to be able to make many more bricks with the device this year. The corrosion may have been partly due to the fact that we originally added bleach to the pulp mix, however we realised after the first hundred or so bricks that this was no longer necessary.

All in all, a great product - easy to use although some experimentation is necessary to obtain the optimum preperation of the paper pulp and shavings mix. We now add dry newsapaper and shavings, layer upon layer until a plastic dustbin is filled. We then add water using a hosepipe, and let the mix settle for a few hours. Afterwards, we reduce the contents of the dustbin to a pulp using a hollow metal pole.

This seems to be the optimum process for us. Once again, well done for designing a super product, and I hope you find these photos and notes useful.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2008 15:00:24 BDT
the info you posted was very good and it gives a good idea of what to do when i recieve my brick maker. i would like to see your photos but their is not a link on your review, if you would like to send me the link send it to js004f6869@blueyonder.co.uk and thanks again

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2010 09:41:57 BDT
B. S. Aarhus says:
Hi,

Please send us the link to your photos to famaarhus@yahoo.co.uk.

Posted on 23 Jul 2011 21:35:41 BDT
HI This sounds great, would you please send me the link to your photo's angeldust_60@hotmail.com

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2011 21:31:51 BDT
hi could u send me the photos please, the wife is interested. many thank steprice77@hotmail.com

Posted on 21 Sep 2011 19:15:25 BDT
R-tron says:
Ditto please to orbatron@hotmail.com
Many thanks

Posted on 19 Mar 2012 16:22:20 GMT
please send the picture you refer to in the review to amcsheff@gmail.com

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 10:49:35 GMT
Mr. B. Smith says:
Very useful comments, can you please send me the link to your photographs to clairebrian@btinternet.com. Many thanks

Posted on 26 Dec 2012 20:16:59 GMT
Hi,

Please send us the link to your photos to savvasdel@yahoo.gr
thank you.

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 11:35:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2013 11:35:59 GMT
Sophie Leney says:
Hi. Great review. As per everyone else, any chance you could send me the photos referenced as I would like to see how you have prevented the sides from bulging? Thank you in anticipation. (sophie.leney@ntlworld.com)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 02:27:27 GMT
P. Alexander says:
Dear Powell,
You posted very useful comments, can you please send me the link to all of your photographs: pga.solutions@gmail.com.
Many thanks.
P. Alexander
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