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This study aimed to produce charcoal briquettes from pineapple’s peels wastes in processing procedure. The samples were mixed with wet dough glue at 4 different ratios of 80:20, 70:30, 60:40 and 50:50. The cylindrical shape formed had 4 cm diameter with hollow holes whose diameter was 1 cm and length was 10 cm. Fuel properties were tested according to ASTM standard and Thai community product standard. The test results indicated that the samples of all ratios had similar heat values, which were between 5,051.51-5,240.95 calories per gram and higher heat value than Thai community product standard stating that the heat of charcoal briquettes must be at least 5,000 calories per gram and low moisture content. The optimal ratio was 80:20, with a heat value of 5,241.95 calories per gram, moisture content of 5.02%, and ash content of 6.19%. The findings could be used as the guidelines to utilize pineapple wastes to produce charcoal briquettes as an alternative to wood charcoal.
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