The Squidger Machine

The Squidger Machine was designed to squash the water out of a papier mache/sawdust/coal dust mixture to create paper bricks to burn on a wood burning fire/stove.  The machine was capable of making 200 bricks an hour. The bricks, more commonly known as briquettes, measured 100x100x50mm once 'squidged'.  The water drained into a plastic tub and could be used again (recycling at its best). Once the the base flap was opened, the handle is pressed down to eject the briquettes onto a metal mesh (preventing them falling into the 'waste' water), they could then be set aside for drying.  Once the bricks were fully dry they could then be burned with an average burning time of 30 minutes.