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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Briquette Making - Pail and Tray

Since you will be mixing various biomass ingredients for briquette making, big plastic pails or vats are suitable containers for this purpose. The wide mouth of these containers will make it easier for you to mix the ingredients and transform them into a slurry.

Plastic Pail

For the actual making of the briquettes though, you may want to use a smaller pail with a handle. Using a smaller pail will allow you to move it around for getting the briquette ingredients. It will also be convenient enough to raise it on the sink counter. The briquette ingredients are easier to reach and get from inside a small pail (shown yellow, below) when filling up the mold.

Plastic Tray

After the briquettes have been formed and removed from the mold, you will need a receptacle to contain these briquettes. A shallow plastic pan or tray is adequate for this purpose.

Plastic pails nowadays come with covers. I just use these plastic covers as trays. They're easily stackable and stored when not in use.

Shown below are the newly formed briquettes set on a tray. Note that the formed briquettes still have the spacers in them.

Here's another set of newly formed briquettes in a tray. These briquettes are whiter in color and it's because they have more paper in the ingredients.