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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever piece of kit proving very useful and economic, 18 Aug. 2008
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Our Briquette Maker has been in use for about six months now and is standing up to daily wear-and-tear very well. We are building up a huge stack of 'logs' which have cost us virtually NOTHING, which is great news considering how much all fuels now cost.
The Briquette Maker is extremely simple to use and produces neat oblong 'logs' which burn well once they have fully dried out. We use it to get rid of all our junk mail, newspapers, magazines, paperwork, envelopes and so on.
Normally we soak the rubbish for 24hrs; we don't use bleach (cos we're trying to be properly eco!) but leave the bucket in a warm place. Newspaper and white paper goes mushy very fast; glossy magazine paper and brochures take much longer to break down and benefit from 'dobbing' with a big stick. The best logs have a decent proportion of newspaper or similar in them because the more glossy stuff goes in, the harder it is to get them to burn.
We've left our logs for three months in a greenhouse to dry thoroughly: you also need to make sure that in wet weather they don't absorb moisture from the atmosphere!
Another tip: if your material is full of staples (like magazines often are) or plastic windows or glue/gum, then it's best to leave these bits out before you soak the paper. Any woodburner won't like getting lots of metal/plastic fed to it, so we try to weed them out as we go.
It make take a few attempts to get the hang of the maker, so don't be afraid to get a bit mucky (or buy thick rubber gloves), and learn how to use your feet to keep the frame steady as you extract each log!

This is a fab piece of kit; proving to be robust and it's going to save us a fortune in wood and heatlogs this winter.
8/10
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2010 21:58:51 GMT
Mezzo says:
i've been told that a small amount of parafin poured onto the finished product helps it to burn.

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 21:14:00 BDT
gille liath says:
It sounds to me as though you, not the gadget, are doing most of the work. Is it actually necessary?

Posted on 31 Jan 2011 11:52:07 GMT
Peter says:
Wonder how well the "logs" burnt. Heard mixed reports. Like the idea but if the logs don't burn well.....

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 07:51:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2012 07:52:34 BDT
ShaneR says:
Interesting that this is the exact same wording as another review for a similar product. Writer works for the. Company, I think. This was the review that followed a bad review in a similar listing. Dont trust this as an honest review.
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