Soak the papers in water, roll up, tie up and then allow to dry completely. Drying takes a long time. (01/25/2002)
I use newspaper fire logs all the time for my wood stove. I use to do the wet newspaper route but it was very messy and took a long time for the logs to dry. Now I just take the newspapers layout the sections, still folded, alternating the fold from right to left with each additional section and roll tightly. I use paper-coated twist-ties to hold the log in form, once around the middle. This burns just fine. You will have less ink mess, no water mess and no drying time. The wet then dried logs do burn longer as the wetting process bonds the paper closer together. I hope this is helpful to you. Mrs Kathy Cohen Northfield, VT (01/29/2002)
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I too am interested in making newspaper fire logs but for maybe for different purposes. I remember long ago my mother used to make them for our fireplace and soaked them in some kind of salt solution to make multi-colored flames. I want to make them to burn on our campfires here in Alaska since the colors would not show up in the wood stove. Any ideas on the salt solution issue? (07/04/2003)
My mother use to have a piece of machinery that would make a log. After the log was made, we would secure with rubber bands and soak in water. We would then dry them for use in the fireplace. Please let me know if this simple machine still exist (12/03/2004)
By deborah payne
Here's the link to a newspaper log roller at Lehman's
They say the stock is low so I'd order soon if you want one.
I purchased a duraflame colored log, and the ingredient that was used to make the colors was copper. Perhaps thats what was in the solution that was used? (02/06/2005)
Look up newspaper logs, paper fireplace logs on Google and you will find several instructions for different methods. (03/18/2005)
By Wendy Asbell
I noticed that someone wanted to know the "recipe" for some kind of salt solution to make multi-colored flames, this site might help:
There is a great book with digital photos and step by step instructions available at: www.geocities.com/paperlogs (10/23/2005)
By Diane Brown
I was just making some of these newspaper fire logs and have been making them for years, Just roll and tie, soak & dry, that's it Go to ABOUT the site is http://frugalliving.about.com/od/woodstoves/a/newspaperlogs_p htm from PAT VERETTO, YOUR GUIDE TO FRUGAL LIVING the title is FREE FUEL FROM YOUR DAILY NEWSPAPER
I use to make these a s a child for our wood stove we only used newspaper logs no wood we never soaked them and we held them together with masking tape (10/17/2006)
I have the book mentioned below. "Newspaper logs Made Easy". It is quite detailed with photos for each step. The logs are tight, wrapped like a "deli sandwich" then tied with a paper "tie" to make them more secure. When they burn through the log still stays tight. They are best to burn with wood. We had fun as a family making them. (09/22/2007)
By Mrs Brown
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