Horse manure bricks do work for fuel. We use the dried horse apples to grill with. I, personally, found it more hassle to try and perfect my technique at this time. I had built wood boxes for the bricks but had difficulty turning them out. I had better success with a metal tin box but production of the bricks took longer for me. I think I was to impatient. I do hope you try this if you are seeking alternative fuel measures.This picture is of the boxes made for the manure bricks. Raw horse manure pressed in.
I do like the concept of brick making and of using horse manure. We accumulate quite a bit of that. I began exploring further on brick making techniques and came upon a blog which hosted pictures of brick making. My aim is to build a patio and a small retainer wall separating the woods from the patio site would be nice. So for my bricks, I would like them a bit more dense like that of concrete-without actually having to go out and purchase concrete.
The first step I considered was to make a frame to hold the mud mixture. Using scrap wood, I found some that were fairly close in thickness and cut the dimensions I needed.
This is the frame holding 5 bricks. I am still wanting some form of production. They are not exactly the same size but they are close enough for what I am doing.
Once the frame was made I proceeded with making mud. The mix I made consists of sand/horse manure dried along with an additional five gallon pail of sand. I loaded my poly garden cart with the dried horse manure mix. Just add water and gradually added the additional sand mixing by hand to get the consistency of a pourable cement.In this picture more water needs to be added. I kept in mind how I use to make “mud pies”.
Now that I’ve got the consistency-it’s time for production. Being careful to lift the mold off the bricks.
In one afternoon, 20 bricks were made. Allow 1 week to dry in hot sun. Cover to avoid getting wet from the rain. Store in a drying shed. My next posting will be on making a drying shed from recycled materials and pallets.
- Does dirt make strong bricks? (daedalusprojects.wordpress.com)
- The Bricks That Make Me (lifeoverdrive.wordpress.com)