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Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

is it much different from making cheese? you have a soggy mass full of liquid that has to be pressed out with out the mass leaving at the same time so start off with a lower pressuer and then wind it up as the mass gets firmer, once it holds together take it from the mould and leave to mature/dry.........
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Lloyd



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a large industrial scale bench mount for a drill. I could mount the mould in the top if that with my trolley jack beneath, resting on the feet, then wind it up as the expelled fluid comes down....
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is one on www.two3five.com
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in the self sufficiency book they say tightly wrap the newspaper round some wood and soak in the center used oil/fat dont know if thats any help
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Careful on adding fat and oil if it's a glass fronted burner as it's not good for it, lots of build up inside and the risk of over firing it.

Yes soak the paper in water for a day or two a squeese out the water as per any of the ones on my site. I have seen a pressure one using a car jack which gets rid of water very quickly. Don't be tempted to make logs dry as you just end up with lots of flame and ash.

When I get home and finally get March's recipe I'll update my site with a few more log making systems.

If you come down to Devon I have a few paper log makers for sell.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to "Dig Up" a old thread but...

Glad I found this just the other night I was on about these paper fire brick gadgets and was going to eventually try and get one!, I wont be now because today im doing an experiment  :-?  I'm trying the pipe and brick method sounds much more economical with bits and pieces just lying around my garden tbh.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How fast could you make them with the drainpipe and weight method?
The custom built press can churn them out as fast as you can load and press them so that you make a batch at a time.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you got one, Bex? :-)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi, i have made few logs ,i started with a bought log maker it's fine and works ok, but ive tried a few other ways,
1) i cut the top of old 1ltr wax cardboard milk cartons cut a few v shaped slots in them ,placed a bit ply with a few holes bored in it on the top stood! on it ,they were fine and the plan is just burn the lot,( i have the advantage of being big!)
2) same idea just used old soft drink bottles, and then slit them and removed the plastic,
i have'nt got a fire but a few people where i work are desperate to  try them, i have the advantage that have them in an old shed to dry them in ,an endless supply of milk cartons, drink bottles, and shredded paper, i hasten to add i also like pottering around on wet dreary days rather than sitting in the house, i also love the idea of a freebie !!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I'm not claiming to be an expert at this, as I am somewhat new to this as well.  I have not made any paper logs from a store bought paper log maker, but I have made some from a press I made like I saw on youtube.com.  It is good to use a paper shredder as it cuts your news paper in to manageable peaces.  Fill a five gallon bucket about 1/2 the way full with your shredded news paper and then put enough water in the bucket to completely submerge all of the paper.  Let this soak for 2 days.  After the 2 days, use a drill, corded or cordless, it does not matter, and mix this into a slurry. (I have seen something as simple as a metal rod, bent into what looks like a letter "J," used as a mixer.  Just make sure it fits whatever drill you are going to be using.)  Once you have this grey, soupy, "slop," you know it is going to be ready to use.  If you are going to transfer the "slop" by hand, use a pair of gloves that are COMPLETELY waterproof...surgical gloves or even the yellow dish washing gloves will be fine.  The point of the gloves is that this "slop" is going to make your hands VERY dry and the ink, from the newspapers, will make your hands dirty as well.  You can also use a small container to transfer the "slop" from the bucket to your log maker.  Once you have your "slop" in your log maker, it is all downhill from there.  If you have any of the "slop" that spills out of the holes of your log maker, simply scoop the extra up and put it back in your bucket and use it for your next brick.  

Hope this helps you out some as well.  

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