Compressed wood bricks, like Smartwood bricks, are an eco-friendly way to fuel your living room fire, your backyard firepit, or your campfire. They are marvellous inventions, burning cleaner and more efficiently than unprocessed wood, generating less smoke, ash, and residue for you to have to clean up later. They use no chemicals or glues to keep themselves together, which leads the question: how are Smartwood Bricks made?
The answer: compression.
Like a piece of carbon becomes a diamond over millions of years of pressure from the ground around it, a Smartbrick binds itself together under a large amount of pressure. Dried hardwood chips, wood shavings and wood pieces are passed through a special kind of hammer mill that makes a homogenous mass. Then it is pushed through a brick-shaped hole like a pasta maker before it is finally placed inside a press that is a beautiful and modern piece of German engineering.
The press makes one briquette every 7 seconds and utilizes extreme pressure concentrated on each individual briquette. The extreme pressure releases lignums in the wood, which make a kind of natural plastic that binds it together. The final product is a piece of hardwood almost 2x the density of most natural growing hardwoods.
The extreme pressure used in this process greatly increases the temperature of the wood, which causes the complex polymer plant cell in the wood to heat up, and then bind the brick together as solidly as possible as it cools.
Smartwood bricks are the best alternative to raw wood because of the complex and intelligent science behind them. They save wear and tear on the environment, use no harsh or dangerous chemicals, and are the perfect fuel for your living room fireplace on a cold winter’s day.