DIY CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES
(Courtesy of PRICIANA BONIPHACE)
NOTE: Each picture has a number that corresponds to its instruction.
Please read to the end and do not forget to take note of the possible hazards associated with using briquettes.
1. 1 litre of Charcoal chips/dust/powder from lump charcoal
2. Clay (2 kg) (can be substituted with cow or elephant dung)
3. A little bit of water for mixing.
4. A mixing bucket
1.Put all charcoal pieces and clay in the bucket. Mix them together evenly.
2.Then add the water (bit by bit) while stirring and mixing until you get a mulch but not sloppy wet (just enough to be able to lump the charcoal together)
3. Now take small chunks of the mixture and shape with your hands into a small ball (size of an egg). Flatten slightly and put aside..
4.The small shaped briquette.
5. Place them on a flat surface and dry them for about 2 days (drying times will depend how hot and amount of sunshine available).
6.When fully dry, put in a sack for storage. Ready to be used.
HOW TO USE THE BRIQUETTE
1.Put the briquette in a jiko.
2.Add a lighter liquid on top and light up.
3.Ready to use when they are red.
1.Only use in an open area. Will produce CARBON MONOXIDE if used in an enclosed room/area. Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide has no smell or colour and KILLS when inhaled.
2. Only use a little amount of briquettes as they energy efficient. When extinguishing the fire, do not pour water. This will produce hot steam that can burn you!
(All photos copyrights Priciana Boniphace)