It is actually the lignin in the wood that does the binding. The problem at
home is getting up the pressure needed to make it stick together for it to
I wonder if you can spread it on newspaper and roll a log? I've made paper
logs by rolling sheets together tightly.
It's also about $3.00 for a 25 lb bag of pellets ready to burn.
sawdust for mushroom bedding would be easier and more profitable.
If earthworms can digest sawdust (they can digest newspaper), you
could make a fantastic profit selling worm castings to gardeners.
garden shop here gets $10 / pint, which takes my small herd about 2
The pellets aren't bound together all that tightly. You can crumble
them into sawdust between your thumb and forefinger. This probably
helps them ignite faster.
Ever seen how the Shuttle solid rocket motors are made? Big,
long pipes filled with fuel, big hole down the center with an ignitor
at the top -- that's what the cones on top are. Could you do the
same with schedule 40 iron pipe and a tamper rod, maybe slightly
cone shaped to generate sideways pressure and ease removing the
tamper after pressing the sawdust?
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