Invention USA.

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:16 pm

History Channel tonight. Invention uses what looks like a log splitter conversion to pack/compress leaves into burnable logs. Kinda dubious of the feasibility.

Re: Invention USA.

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:26 pm

My guess is that more energy is consumed operating the splitter than is retrieved from the log. Make compost.

Re: Invention USA.

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:30 pm

I saw the promo on TV the other day. It kind of reminds me of back in the day when they were promoting the "roll your newspaper into a log" devices. I don't know if those ever worked or not either.

Re: Invention USA.

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:38 pm

Not powered by a log splitter but the same concept. I agree with Bob, let it rot in a pile. Better yet, cut the tree down and burn it, then you won't have to rake leaves next year.

Re: Invention USA.

Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:37 pm

I like the idea :D

I am impressed by folks who are creative. Will this be a viable product? Who knows. Maybe yes, maybe no. Up here a number of years ago they were making furnace fuel bricks out of sawdust from local mills. The sawdust was delivered by truck and stored loose in the basement. Bricks would be made and then stored to dry awhile prior to burning. Each brick probably gave up 1/2 hour of heat ... the loose sawdust however was a bit of a risky idea. It worked for a while.

Two hours burn time isn't too bad ifn you really had the time to make the logs.

Re: Invention USA.

Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:43 pm

Hey it is some what like pellet stoves. There is a guy in Unadilla or there about making pellets from hay and brush from abandoned fields. ... et_Furnace

Re: Invention USA.

Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:27 pm

The concept may be feasible on a larger commercial scale at locations where yard debris is collected and available in extremely large quantities.

I don't see the concept as economically viable for the average home owner. The system demonstrated produced one log in 8 minutes or 7.5 logs per hour.