Wood briquetting

Wood briquetting

Traditionally, almost all briquetting was made from wood residues. This was primarily because the wood briquette presses were invented in Europe and there was a demand for wood fuel.

If you want to invest in a wood briquette machine, there are many things to consider:

  • Is it a good business to produce wood briquettes?
  • What is the investment in a wood briquette machine and what are the costs to produce wood briquettes?

Generally, answers to these questions will depend on your wood based raw material, your production costs, logistical costs and naturally the sales price of the wood briquettes. You can find answers to these questions in our 1-2-3 step process.

Many customers believe that a wood briquette maker is the only equipment that is needed to produce wood briquettes. This is only true in some cases, where the raw material is dry and has the right size. To learn more about preparation of raw material before briquetting please go to “raw materials that are suitable for briquetting”.

Wood briquettes with hole
Briquettes with varying diameter
Briquettes with varying diameter

Wood based raw materials

If the raw material is large and wet and you want to produce wood briquettes for consumer use, more equipment than a wood briquette machine is needed to produce good wood briquettes. This can include a wide range of equipment from chipping/milling equipment, drying equipment, saws, packaging equipment etc., besides the wood briquette press. Choosing the right kind of wood briquette maker depends also on raw material and capacity. To learn more about this see this go to: “Briquetting plant”

C.F. Nielsen also offers help in establishing total wood briquetting lines, which is marketed under the concept CFN Engineering.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about CFN Engineering!

Wood residues normally have low ash content and a high calorific value and therefore it is easy to produce wood briquettes in a good quality. Generally, wood residues are also the best raw material for producing consumer briquettes, due to the high quality and density of the product.

There are many types kinds of wood that can be used for briquetting. Wood is mostly categorized either as Softwood (conifers) and Hardwood (leaf based), however, within these types there are many variants. Most known softwoods are:  pine, spruce, fir, cedar, larch and redwood and most known hardwoods are: Alder, ash, beech, cherry, chestnut, elm, hickory, mahogany, maple, oak, rosewood, teak, walnut.  Besides Softwood and Hardwood, there are also Demolition Wood, MDF and Torrefied Wood, which you also can read about under Raw materials.

MDF briquettes
MDF briquettes
Briquettes made from torrefied wood
Torrefied wood
Briquettes from demolition wood
Briquettes from demolition wood

Each type will have to be evaluated before briquetting, and it is important to choose the right wood briquette press, as the technology will influence the final product. There are 3 briquetting technologies: mechanical briquetting presses, hydraulic briquetting presses and extrusion briquetting presses. C.F. Nielsen master all the mentioned briquetting technologies, but is mostly known for the mechanical briquette presses, as these are the cornerstone of the company’s product range. Read more about the different technologies under “Products”.

If you wish to read more about the projects C.F. Nielsen has completed, have a look at our wood briquetting cases.

Briquettes versus pellets

Briquettes are often compared to pellets, as pellets are more commonly known. The calorific values for briquettes are similar to pellets, but there are many advantages if you choose to invest in a wood briquetting press instead of a wood pellet machine. The investment in a briquetting plant is much lower and a consistent and reliable production can be established from 200 kg/h and upwards, power consumption and parts costs are lower, particles can be bigger, and a larger variety of raw materials can be used. Click here to find out more about “Briquettes versus pellets.

C.F. Nielsen has a history of more than 125 years, we have decades of experience with briquetting and we are known as the leading manufacturer of mechanical briquetting presses. We are a company with strong values and we are known to be a reliable and trustworthy partner. Learn more about why you should choose C.F. Nielsen as your briquetting partner here: “Why C.F. Nielsen?

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