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How to make charcoal cakes

Updated on January 28, 2015

I’ll first begin by saying that this is not a recipe I’m giving you for making a cake consisting of the normal cake ingredients and charcoal. It is a step-by-step simple instruction on how to make bio-friendly and energy saving charcoal cakes, which save thousands of trees from felling, and also last longer burning in ember glow.

You only need old newspapers, charcoal dust, and water, bucket, empty waste containers or dishes of any shape(s), smaller bucket lid, and a stick or rod to make the charcoal cakes.

Here is a simple step-by-step procedure on how to make them:

  1. Tear the old newspapers into tiniest pieces you can manage, as they fall into the bucket. You can fill the bucket with the pieces, because they will shrink the moment you add water.
  2. Fill the bucket with water, and mix the papers with a stick or rod. This exercise should take at least 10 – 15 minutes. Make sure that the mixture becomes marshy, with no piece of paper appearing in the bucket.
  3. Pour the charcoal dust in the mixture and mix for 5-10 minutes.
  4. When the mixture becomes grayish in color and marshy, you will know that the mixture is ready.
  5. Squeeze the mixture with a bucket lid, so that you can remove excessive water from the mixture. Pour the excessive water, to be left with a very thick mixture that can be molded like clay.
  6. Take a lump of every mixture with your palms, and squeeze it – the purpose of this exercise is to remove any remaining water in the lump.
  7. Squeeze the lamp in the containers or dishes of any size you wish, even star shapes!
  8. Gently remove the formed cakes from the containers and put them out in the sun to dry.
  9. Let the charcoal cakes dry for at least two days, before using them. You won’t believe how they last long in the heat, almost like coal!


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