This instructable is third in these series, and I recommend to go the first one for more detailed information on these projects:
In the second instructable I'm showing how I made fuel briquettes using combination of paper and sunflower seed husk:
This time I want to show how I made fuel briquettes using dryed grass clippings as an additive.
Usually I use this grass for mulching my crops, so either way, it's a usefull stuff.
Anyway, when the lawn mower is done with it's job, I'm transferring the the grass into those mesh bags, vegetables are usually sold in. I'm layng them then on a sunny place and flipping around a couple times a day untill till they're dry. It tooks up to a few days.
I already have my paper soked for a few days.
This time I used white paper, mostly from my old school exercise books and office papers. Despite my expectations this was the type of paper that turned into pulp much easyer than corrugated cardboard and newspaper I used earlier. But this really makes sense if to think abot it: a lot of clay is added to this sort of paper to make it white and uniform opposing to more cheep one, where there's only fibers intertwined together.
I've already told abot the set up and tools I'm using.
So I'm adding dryed grass to the paper mash and mixing it all together.
I'm basicaly eyeballing the proportions till it feels right.
I'm transferring the mix into bucket which alowes me to use scoop for filling the press container in controlled (more or less) way.
I'm gradually compressing the mix in the press letting the water to escape. ANd when I fell I'm done. I'm releasiing the briquette from the container.
At this point it looks like some fansy cheese I'd probably try to eat if it was cheese indeed.
But it's not, so I'm laying it to gry on a sunny spot for one-two weeks.
On the back are results of my previous experiments.
The remains of the mix that are to small for another briquette are going back into barrel to be mixed with the next batch later.
This is it for now, hope it was informative, thanks for your attention and have a nice lawn.