|Forum topic by rizay||posted 12-30-2009 01:44 PM||3182 views||3 times favorited||9 replies|
12-30-2009 01:44 PM
There has been a lot of discussion on what to do with sawdust and shavings produced while woodworking. Many people use there’s for mulch, gardening, and animal bedding. Others have used them for heating. While a pile of sawdust doesn’t burn very well, there are ways to get it to burn better. I saw a post on this forum where the author discussed making fire starters. Elsewhere on the web, I have seen people all over the world using some type of press to compact a mixture, including sawdust, into blocks or disc shape briquettes. That is what brings me to this post.
I have always had to haul my shavings and yard debris to the local burrow waste area. Recently, I acquired a wood stove and searched for means of burning my wood waste. Since I have difficulty burning usable wood, this seemed logical. There are videos on youtube showing demonstrations of these presses. One site I found was from the Beaverton Rotary. They developed one press they call the Petterson press. Here is a link. They build these presses for third world impoverished countries. These briquettes use all kinds of waste including paper, sawdust, grass clippings, pete, ect…
I realy like the idea so I drew up some quick plans to build one. One uses a hand lever, the other, I am thinking about using with a scissor jack. Here are some pictures of my ideas. Please let me know what you think.
Here is the one using a jack. Sorry, jack isn’t show. It will go upside done on the top of the press.
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