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Paper Briquette

Paper briquettes are a great way to recycle paper, as well as acting as a fantastic firelighter!

Follow the method below to find out how to make your own.


  • Used paper

  • Shredder

  • Bucket or a large plastic tub

  • Warm water

  • Paper towels

  • A briquette maker


1. Shred some used paper using a shredder. If you don't have shredder available to you, then you can always rip some paper up into small pieces.

Two of our Adventurers shredding some used paper.
Clare and Luke doing some shredding!

2. Put your shredded paper into a bucket or large tub and pour in some warm water. (The paper must me damp, but not soggy!)

Wet paper in a large tub.
Wet paper in a large tub.

3. Place a paper towel or two at the bottom of your briquette maker.

A blue paper towel in the bottom of a briquette maker.
Paper towel in the bottom of a briquette maker.

4. Tease the shredded paper apart, using your fingers.

Here you can see an Adventurer, mixing in the water and teasing the paper apart.

5. Put the wet paper into your briquette maker. (Make sure you fill it to the top, because if you put to little in, it won't work!)

Shredded paper in a black briquette maker.
Paper filled briquette maker.

6. Place another paper towel on top of the shredded paper, in your briquette maker.

Top being put on a briquette maker.

7. Place the top of you briquette maker over the paper towel and squish down firmly.


8. Take the top of your briquette maker off and remove the paper. (It should remain in shape!)

A paper briquette
Paper briquette

9. Place your paper briquette on the radiator to dry.

Paper briquette drying on the radiator.

10. Once your paper briquette is dry, you can use it for fire lighting!

Three paper briquettes.

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