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Post: #140217 matowakan
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:45 pm

I have just invested in a eco brick maker,had a go at a few bricks but not turned out so good!! I tore up the paper and left it to soak for 2 days.
Can anyone help with some hints where I could be going wrong?
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Post: #141332 Wombat
Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:03 am

Try using shredded paper....

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #141358 Big Al
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:24 pm

matowakan wrote:I have just invested in a eco brick maker,had a go at a few bricks but not turned out so good!! I tore up the paper and left it to soak for 2 days.
Can anyone help with some hints where I could be going wrong?
Thanks :(


I used to tear the paper into small squares of about 2" then soak in warm water. If the wife was out I'd use the blender thing to pulp it up.
Alternativly i would squish it through my fingers in the warter to break it down a bit. If you leave it too long in the water it goes minging.

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #141373 matowakan
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:43 pm

Thanks for your replies.
I had to throw away the 3 I made as they fell apart!
I did wonder if i had used the wrong paper?Used old books which were quite thick,maybe newspaper would be better as thinner.
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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #147608 dave45
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:29 am

I use shredded paper (not just newspaper - all sorts) and soak for at least an hour (sometimes weeks!). If you don't compress the stuff enough they tend to fall apart. To squeeze more water out I took to standing on it and I have just about knackered the brick maker device. the technique worked but now everything is slightly bent and nothing fits together properly. These things are a cheap flimsy construction, and not up to the job IMHO - designed for cheapness and green-guilt profit margins. I wonder what foreign sweatshop they are made in. Give me some decent Victorian over-engineering anyday.

The bricks burn OK though if you let them dry for 6 months or more.

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #147667 Sky
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:49 pm

I remember my BIL having one of these in the 80's, I think they only used it a couple of times and couldn't get the bricks to dry out properly.

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #147671 Thomzo
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:00 pm

If you have to leave them that long to dry out then why bother with the brick maker? Just add shredded paper to water and soak overnight. If you want it to stick together you probably would be best using a blender. Then let it strain through an old sieve until it's dry enough to handle and squash into whatever shape. Leave to dry naturally.

Health and safety point. Used paper can have nasty toxins in the ink. You probably shouldn't use a blender or sieve that you use for food. You could try freecycling a blender for the job.

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #147696 Annpan
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:01 pm

This all seems like an awful lot of energy (human and/or electrical) to burn paper. We burn quite a bit, but usually just to get the fire started nice and quick. I dare say there are better ways to use your time and your paper.
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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #147709 Ellendra
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:29 pm

When I was a kid we just rolled the sheets of paper really tightly to make logs, and tied them with a bit of cotton twine. No water, no drying, and the rolls burned about as long as pine would have.

We even had a special gadget to do the rolling with, but I think we gave that away when we moved.

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #147716 Sky
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:43 am

Ellendra wrote:When I was a kid we just rolled the sheets of paper really tightly to make logs, and tied them with a bit of cotton twine. No water, no drying, and the rolls burned about as long as pine would have.

We even had a special gadget to do the rolling with, but I think we gave that away when we moved.


I remember them too, prob better than having to mash paper and dry it out as well.

We have a wood burner so we use all our newspapers as a base to start our fires.

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #148196 Thomzo
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:15 pm

Just installed a new multifuel stove :cheers: working well at the moment but having to put up with the smell of new stove :pukeright:

Reheated a casserole on the top earlier and just made myself some hot chocolate :cheers: but have loads of wood chopping to do :roll:

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Re: eco brick maker

Post: #148198 Sky
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:32 pm

Thomzo wrote: but have loads of wood chopping to do :roll:

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