How to make paper pellets at home

Paper pellets, also known as paper fuel pellets or paper briquettes, can be made at home using recycled paper materials. These pellets can be used as an eco-friendly alternative for heating or as a fuel source for fireplaces, wood stoves, or pellet stoves. Here’s how to make paper pellets at home:

Materials Needed:

  1. Recycled Paper: Gather old newspapers, cardboard, junk mail, or any other paper waste. Avoid using glossy or heavily colored paper as they may contain chemicals that are not suitable for burning.
  2. Water: You’ll need water to moisten the paper and help it bind together.
  3. Bucket or Container: Use a large container or bucket to soak the paper.
  4. Mesh Screen or Drainage Rack: A mesh screen or drainage rack will be used to drain excess water from the paper pulp.
  5. Wooden Board or Tray: To form the paper pulp into pellets.
  6. Clamps or Weights: These are used to apply pressure to the pellets during the drying process.
  7. Sunny and Dry Area: You’ll need a sunny and dry spot for the pellets to dry properly.


  1. Prepare the Paper:
    • Tear the recycled paper into small pieces or strips. The smaller the pieces, the easier it will be to create a homogeneous pulp.
  2. Soak the Paper:
    • Place the torn paper pieces into a large container or bucket.
    • Add enough water to cover the paper completely. Let the paper soak for at least a few hours or overnight. This will soften the paper and make it easier to form into pellets.
  3. Create the Pulp:
    • After soaking, drain the excess water from the paper pulp using a mesh screen or drainage rack. Squeeze out any remaining water using your hands.
  4. Form the Pellets:
    • Take a handful of the paper pulp and squeeze it together to remove any excess moisture.
    • Roll the pulp into compact pellet shapes, typically about the size of a large egg or a small cylinder.
  5. Press and Dry the Pellets:
    • Place the formed paper pellets on a wooden board or tray.
    • Use clamps or weights to apply pressure to the pellets to help them hold their shape.
    • Set the pellets out in a sunny and dry area to air dry completely. This may take a few days, depending on the weather and humidity.
  6. Store the Pellets:
    • Once the paper pellets are fully dried, store them in a dry place until you are ready to use them as fuel.
  7. Burn as Fuel:
    • When you’re ready to use the paper pellets as fuel, place them in a suitable fireplace, wood stove, or pellet stove and ignite them like you would with regular firewood.

Paper pellets can be a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to repurpose paper waste and provide heat. However, always exercise caution and follow safety guidelines when using any form of fuel in heating appliances.

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