What began as a need and desire to keep a small farm and the environment clean, turned into a very unique business in Ellington.
Eagle Valley Eco Fuel takes manure and turns it into odorless fuel bricks, logs, and fire starters. The products eliminate solid waste while producing a sustainable, natural heat source.
Owner Michael Richey used his background as a chef and famer and started developing a solution to his solid animal waste problem. After much money invested, hours of researching processes currently available, he found that there was no “solution” available – most of the solutions being offered left a residual waste product.
After much trial and error, Richey stumbled upon a complete solution. These products needed to be cost effective in order to lower his major expenses in farming and heating costs, and they were. Finally, after years of work, a product capable of heating his home, out buildings, and greenhouses was developed.
Use of “Brickenmore” products assists in cleaning the environment, as they remove non-point contaminating waste from farms and facilities.
Fire starters are available in standard, rose, patchouli, or lavender scents, and the burn time is between 10-12 minutes. Just simply place under Brickenmore bricks or logs and light with a match. Brickenmore fire starters can also be used with cord wood.
Eagle Valley Eco Fuel, located in on Industrial Drive, manufactures the Brickenmore brand of products. The business opened in September 2012 and the Richeys decided to start the business in Ellington because they are area residents and wanted to start locally with the environmental opportunities they could offer to the community – though there are plans to expand nationally. They also were given a lot of support from Sen. Gary LeBeau, who represents Ellington.
Richey and his wife, Cynthia, will be showing at the Springfield RV, Camping and Outdoor show this weekend, and also at the North Central Connecticut Energy Expo in Enfield on Feb. 23.
They do have an outlet store at the manufacturing facility and the products can also be found locally at Ellington Agway and Geissler’s.
The business mantra is “A cleaner today for a greener tomorrow,” and “Heat local, eat local,” and when the Richeys aren’t working, they’re farming and helping better the community.