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Philip "Pip" Storm

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02-05-2013 12:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question resource tip wood burner heating pellets

Do any of my fellow LJ’s make their own wood pellets or pressed wood “bricks” for their wood burning stoves. I’m needing info on how it’s done. I really would love to able to heat my shop with all the dust and shavings I’ve been tossing out.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 12:42 AM

From my research you need some expensive machines to make pellets. Hammer Mill , Press, dryers, etc. The Hammer Mills start out around 1800 dollars.

Making logs out of sawdust though doesn’t require expensive equipment.

Here is one way to do it. Not very detailed but might get you started. They seem to
leave out steps. Oh well. E-how articles not the best.

How to make a machine to compress sawdust.


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#2 posted 02-05-2013 12:50 AM

Checkout YouTube and search for homemade sawdust briquettes. Shows presses in both wood and steel. Ive always called them Pullman presses

-- Michael,

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 11:04 AM

Thanks for the help y’all!

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 12:22 PM

Nothing useful to add, so you can stop reading here…but when I read the title it made me think that wood pellets was another term for wood worker poo…sort of like rabbit pellets…

apparently it’s too early to be reading the forums…off to get more coffee.

-- Steve

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 12:53 PM

Thanks for the laugh! Yeah, this woodworker is all plugged up and wants to make wood pellets. ;)

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 02:18 PM

Being able to make your own pellets sounds like a good idea to me. Pellet stoves are more practical and safer than wood stoves IMO. It would be fun to be able to heat your house with saw dust, scrap paper or the leaves you rake in the fall. This saw dust stove be easier. -Jack

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 02:27 PM

you can compress pellets or discs in PVC pipes with a shop made press.

that said, I wanted to add something on another note – SAFETY : if you do use wood for burning, make sure you use wood that is safe for that purpose – some woods can produce toxic smoke/fumes, and you definitely don’t want to have plywood/manmade sawdust in there, so that might mean that you would have to separate your dust, or think twice before operating machines with certain types of wood in terms of where that dust is going to blow.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 02:40 PM

jack - that saw dust burner is interesting. I may have to check in on that if something happens to my wood burner.
purplev – I have been checking out those log presses and I think that is going to be the easier and cheaper route for me.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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