Saturday, October 14, 2006

Franchising Fuel from old newspapers and corn cobs


Do not throw away old newspapers. During brownouts or when you run out of gas for cooking, fuel from old newspapers can be used.


1. Soak old newspapers in water (or inside pages of magazines) for about 2 hours.
2. After soaking, tear into pieces, mash into balls about 2 inches in diameter.
3. Squeeze out the water.
4. Spread over a cement surface under the sun for drying.
5. After drying is complete, pack in plastic bags so that moisture will not be absorbed.
6. Use as fuel as substitute for wood or charcoal.

Source: PCARRD Farmnews February 1984


Materials needed:

  • Corn cobs
  • Drum, 200-lit. capacity
  • Sprinkler


1. Place the corn cobs inside the drum about 1/3 in height and burn until the smoke disappears.
2. Fill the drum additional corn cobs (about 2/3 in height) and burn again until smoke disappears.
3. When the smoke ceases, empty the drum.
4. Sprinkle water into the burnt corn cobs.
5. Spread the cobs for drying under the sun.
6. Separate the charcoal from the ashes.
7. Store.

Source: Ang Kilusan Nov. 1-15, 1982

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