on August 24, 2010
YAY! This is a great product to be used by eco-savvy consumers and recyclers everywhere. Plus it saves money while reusing paper normally going to be thrown away. It compresses down pretty good, wish they thought of a foot operated version instead. The reason for 4 stars and not 5 was due to the latching bars to compress the brick of paper were kinda awkward and heavy pushing for the arms. But the overall impact for making solid paper bricks works great. I've even used some of the advertisements and coupon glossy pages with success and not just newspaper. I like to save newspaper for easy weedblock and mulch around my plants. I know burning the glossy paper is more toxic than newspaper but with a woodburning stove and not using kerosene soaked kindling and extra wood, it saves money and other resources.
on January 4, 2011
The briquet maker was just so-so-
while looking at it you can probably guess that you need to use water to stuff the paper into the maker, we didn't know that in advance.
You end up making quite a mess with the ink and all from the paper. Once dried, the briquets don't stay together well. If you are looking for crumpled paper to start a fire, this will do the trick after you let them dry, of course.
Wouldn't recommend to a friend-