Making a success of briquettes

3 Sep

I first visited Samson Kayzee (pronounced chaz-ee), in Kampala, Uganda, a little over three years ago. At that time he was just starting out making briquettes. He had a small manual press he had built himself and was using a mix of sawdust and newspaper. The briquettes were smoky and didn’t sell well. But I was impressed by his entrepreneurial drive.

Samson Kayzee demomnstrating mixing machine

Recently I paid a follow up visit and what a change. Samson now has an electrically powered press and mixing machines, a long wire-mesh drying rack and a new store house. His briquettes, made of charcoal dust and cassava porridge, are top quality and have just been given a stamp of approval by the Ugandan bureau of standards.

Briquette production with motorised machine, Sanson Kayzee

Production is running at 6 tonnes a month and is limited only by the lack of drying facilities. Samson took a loan to equip his business and is close to paying it off. He is negotiating a second, bigger loan, with which he plans to build more drying racks and purchase a truck. Currently the briquette press runs only 3 hours a day but with more drying space production could be doubled.

Most of the current production is sold wholesale to a single customer. But Samson has other people interested in buying. He told me: ‘There is a supermarket owner who bought my briquettes for personal use. Now he wants me to supply his supermarket.’

Briquettes drying outside on rack
Samson has been supported by GVEP for 4 years, with business coaching, technical advice, help with accessing a loan, and links to markets. He’s come a long way and will go much further I’m sure.

As small businesses like this grow and adopt more professional standards briquettes will become more widely accepted in the market.

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8 Responses to “Making a success of briquettes”

  1. biomass briquette October 25, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    It’s journey to making a sucess of briquette i really liked that ..

  2. Briquetting Machine October 27, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Briquetting plant is a renewable source of energy ad it is specially boon for the environment.

  3. Sematimba Arafat November 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Hello every1 thanx for the good work,am inquiring does the briquette release unwanted smoke because of the mixture of cassava porridge,what else is mixed in the briquette apart from charcoal dust and cassava porridge,what else can be added and how long does the briquette burn?

  4. Briquetting Machine November 24, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Briquettes are economical than black coal and briuettes are eco-frendly also because briquettes is mde from agriculture waste and industrila residue so waste also decrease and waste converts in valuable thing that is briquettes.

  5. simongvep73 November 27, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Briquettes made from charcoal dust and a small amount of binding material do not release very much smoke – they behave much like charcoal. Briquettes of this type burn with less intense heat than charcoal and for longer. The length of time depends on the amount and type of binder. It is possible to make briquettes from a variety of materials. If a briquette includes non-carbonised material such as sawdust or paper it will produce smoke.

  6. Briquetting Plant January 30, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    Briquettes are Eco friendly and Economical than fossil fuels and best product which is made from biomass feedstock and other agriculture waste.

  7. shreyavaidya February 17, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Recycling of waste is a significant approach for reduction in carbon footprint. One such good option is setting up a briquetting press machine that recycles the agriculture waste and wastes from forests and converts it into an easily usable solid fuel.

  8. Nilam February 22, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    The briquettes are green fuel used for renewable energy future saving. It is made from binder less briquetting technology in the biomass briquette press, so, it also helpful in reduction of the pollution through chemicals..

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