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Agricultural waste materials are carbonized in a kiln made from a 55-gallon oil drum. The carbonized material is then crushed and formed into briquettes using a small press and a binder. The process takes a few hours and requires only simple devices that can be made using local materials and production methods.
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This project is a very low-cost device for forming charcoal briquettes. It is composed of three welded metal parts and a wooden block. To make it, you will use a band saw, a sander, a drill press, the OMAX water jet cutter and several hand tools. You will need to do some basic welding.
Some DIY technologies require specialized materials or special training. If your organization is interested in this technology, you are what we call a ‘technology seeker’, and funding for materials or training for this DIY technology may be available through Kopernik.
Technology seekers interested in becoming part of Kopernik can do so by filling out the registration and proposal form downloadable here. Once the registration form is submitted, Kopernik will review the application and conduct due diligence to determine whether the organization meets the requirements of Kopernik. For more information click here.