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How To Make Biomass Briquettes For Survival Fuel

In a previous post I have shown you how to make a biomass briquette press out of a simple caulk gun and PVC tubing. Now I will show you how to make biomass briquettes using your new biomass briquette press.

Here is the previous article on How To Make A Caulk Gun Biomass Press.

People living in the cities may not have access to a lot of wood to burn to survival or a grid down type of situation. This is a perfect survival tip for city dwellers or people with access to a lot of scrap paper.

All you need is a lot of paper to make your own biomass briquettes. You can use just about any sort of combustible materials but paper should be used as the binding material. Use at least 50% paper mixed with sawdust, shredded leaves or other burnable materials. For this project we will be using only paper. In a later project I will show you how to mix 50 – 50 paper and leaves picked up from your lawn.

You will need a paper shredder to make this easy. In a survival situation you can hand shred paper or make your own paper shredded if needed.




Make Biomass Briquettes
Make Biomass Briquettes


Get a bucket and fill it halfway with paper. Pour in enough water to soak the paper well. Now stir the mess with a stick to make sure all the paper is soaked. Put it aside for a day.

The next day stir the slurry well, mixing the paper pulp with the water. For best results stir the paper slurry a few times each day for the next 5 days. In a true emergency situation you can do this in only 3 days if needed.

When the paper has broken down you will have a nice sloppy mash. Most of the paper should be broken down and the pulp has separated.

Now your paper slurry is ready to be placed into the biomass briquette press and pressed into bricks.

Get your caulk gun biomass press and place a metal washer in the slotted end. Holding it in place with one hand, use your other hand to fill the tube up to the top with your paper slurry. When it is full you can still press it down a bit by hand and press in some more pulp.


Making Biomass Briquettes
Making Biomass Briquettes


When you are finished, top it off with another washer and place the filled tube into your caulk gun.

Press slowly in the handle of the caulk gun, squeezing the water out of the pulp. You can hold it over your bucket to catch the water coming out and re-use the water for another batch later.

When you have pressed the pulp down tightly with the caulk gun, wait a few seconds for the water to finish draining out.

Now you can release the tube from your caulk gun and press your new homemade biomass briquettes out of the tube. You may need a long handled screwdriver or wooden dowel to do this. A tree branch or broom handle works well too.

Place your briquettes outside in the sun to dry for a week or two. When they are dry, they will feel very light. Keep them protected from dew and rain.

Now your biomass briquettes are ready to use.



Homemade Biomass Briquettes
Homemade Biomass Briquettes


The briquettes can be used in a charcoal grill, wood stove or even in an old clean paint can in emergency. You can use your briquettes for emergency survival heat or cooking as needed.

This simple project can save your life one day. Just having the materials available in case of disaster can make a lot of difference. In New York City after Hurricane Sandy many people were left without heat and light for weeks. Some had not power or heat for months.

The biomass briquettes can be used to boil water to provide a safe source of clean drinking water in emergency as well.

There are many uses for biomass briquettes. All you need is a source of shredded paper and flammable bio materials.

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