What to Do

 What to Avoid

Benefits of our quick and easy to use press

Prepare the paper

Scrunch each page individually. Make a dry pile on the ground next to you.

Don't waste time and effort shredding

Similar idea, but our press will take a mixture of burning materials. As well as paper you can add cardboard, Straw, Sawdust, fine wood shavings, Charcoal and even horse manure!

Soak the Paper

Put the scrunched paper into a bucket and cover it with water, or start with half a bucket of water and stuff the paper pieces into it. Less water, same effect.

Don't wait for days, or even hours. You don't need the paper to fall apart. You just need it to be wet and pliable.

Add water as suggested but using our free mixing paddle the mixture will be broken up into small pieces which will bond together better and therefore be a dancer briquette and also burn longer and hotter.

Pack the brick maker

Place the open brickmaker on grassy, flat ground in your garden. Push each little bundle of paper in firmly and flatten it a little so that the other pieces overlap and interlock. They need to be able to 'grab' onto each other when the water is pressed out.

Don't stress. Just do it. If your first attempt falls apart, you'll have little fire starters and more experience to pack the brick maker more effectively next time

Our sturdy heavy duty steel design will allow ease of pressure and the water will drain out of the front of the press automatically into your pulp container placed below the press. Tis will force more water out shorting the drying time.

Place the cover on and prepare to press.

Position the metal plate over the top of the wet paper. It should rest just within the black metal frame. Then using only ONE hand, raise and position the metal cross bars. There's a right way and a wrong way for the bars to cross. They should rest 'smoothly' together. If not, alternate their position.

Don't catch your fingers between the bars. Use one hand, hold the handle, and move each bar individually until you are confident you know how to cross the bars safely.

Our sturdy heavy duty steel design will allow ease of pressure and the water will drain out of the front of the press automatically into your pulp container placed below the press. Tis will force more water out shorting the drying time.

Press the water out.

Use your FOOT - not your hands. Put on a work boot or strong shoe then position your foot directly over the cross. Gently increase the pressure to squeeze the water from the paper.

Don't jump, bash or break the brick maker. Just step down firmly and evenly where the bars cross. Increase the pressure with your foot, then release it, gently forcing the water out.

No need to stand on our press simple pressure on the single arm will remove 99% of the water. There will be no water dripping out after you have completed the pressing.

Remove the wet brick

Open the cross bars and remove the frame that holds your new brick. There is enough flexibility in the base plate to stretch it out a little as you release the brick. Hold the base plate vertically and release the brick onto its side to rest on a flat surface.

If the water is not running freely enough onto the grass below the brick maker, it might pool on the top. Just pour the water off and press with your foot again until the brick has compressed into a firm and solid shape.

With the easy to hold basket arm it is easy to lift and remove the basket, and the briquette is also easly removed from the basket with 3 open sides the briquette simply slides out.

Dry the bricks.

You can make these paper bricks at any time during the year, but obviously they will dry faster in summer. I start making mine in summer and stack them in their own 'wood stack' unB9der cover when they are dry.

Don't panic if you need to make more during winter. Stack your wet bricks near your fire - with gaps of air circulating between them and they'll dry within a day or two.

Sorry but no briquette will dry within a day or two and why would you want to stack ugly wet briquettes around your living room. Just allow to dry in an open ventilated area, they will soon dry out and be well bonded together so  they wont start to break down when transported.

Burn them!

It is easy to release a small amount of paper to act as the 'lighting point' on these bricks as you lay them out to dry . When starting a new fire, use a paper brick instead of fire lighters to ignite your wood.

Never underestimate the warmth and efficiency of a paper brick made this way. You don't need to fill a wood-burning stove with paper bricks the way you'd stuff it with sheets of newspaper. Burn one or two bricks at a time with your vent almost closed and you'll quickly learn how effective they can be.

With our briquettes made with additional materials they will burn hotter and longer than a loosely packed newspaper briquette.

Best ways how to make a paper briquette