having built a chiminea, i have been looking into a ready supply of (legal) fuel.
i have a neighbour who supplies the odd pallet chopped up, and we have purchased wood from local shops but this is very expensive.
so for an outlay of less than £10 i have acquired a paper/leaf brick maker from amazon.
basic method is
1. Soak old newspapers and magazines for about two hours in water.
2. When the water is thoroughly soaked and soft, tear chunks of paper enough to be pressed into two inches balls.
3. Press out the water.
4. Dry the wet briquettes on the concrete floor during hot and sunny days or leave to dry in airing cupboard etc
5. When thoroughly dried store in plastic bags so that the briquettes will not absorb moisture.
6. Use paper briquettes as substitute for wood charcoal.
as a bag of logs is over £3. a £10 outlay is very little.
i looked into making one but was easier and cheaper to purchase one
i am awaiting its arrival, but considering how much we currently recycle i can see it getting a lot of use!