Make paper briquettes by combining shredded paper and water and pressing it into briquettes. The timing on this project varies depending on whether you have a paper shredder or if you are doing it by hand. You need paper, water, a tub, scissors or a paper shredder and a briquette press.
- Shred the paper
Shred used paper or newspaper into strips. Use scissors or a paper shredder. Shredding paper by hand is more time intensive, but requires no specialized equipment. If you are using a pair of scissors, make sure to cut the strips thin and small.
- Combine the paper with water
Place the shredded paper in a tub. Add enough water to soak the newspaper. Do not add too much water; if the paper is too soaked, you must wait for it to dry a bit before continuing.
- Form briquettes
Once the water and paper forms a paste-like substance, place it in a briquette press. This crushes the materials together and provides the pressure necessary to form the compact briquettes.
- Dry out the briquettes
Place the briquettes in a warm, dry area where they can dry thoroughly. Store them in an airtight or dry place. One briquette generally produces about an hour of energy.