Hey Machine Shop guys and gals,
Do you all think we could make tooling to produce compressed wood fire logs from the sawdust in woodshop? I’ve seen options for doing this with papercrete (wet newspaper), but they are pretty messy. I was wondering if we could compress the wood with enough force, could we do away with the liquid and make the process a lot cleaner? I know given enough pressure, many material can become near solids.
This might be a fun reuse of some of the trash we already produce at DMS. It would make a product that many member might be interested in learning how to make or may just want for themselves. If we make a surplus, we might be able to sell them over the winter months, We could also pull in other committees like @Team_Science or @Team_Hatchers to build logs that burn different colors or logs meant to be survival fire starters.
I think the press at DMS would do a good job on something like this. I also have a mobile 30 ton hydraulic deep throw press I could bring in pretty easily for a class room based class. But, I don’t have the talents to make the press tooling. I would think tooling like this would do a good job. With ideal per portions being 3 inch ID maybe 12 inches tall.