Does anyone have directions for making homemade newspaper logs without a commercial log roller? Also suggestions for making them burn well? Thanks.
Jean from Galva, IL
Great information my husband buys heaps of papers and was wondering how to use them. Will use twine from the horses hay though that may burn too quickly. Any info gratefully received. (06/20/2008)
First step is to not roll to tight and secondly put kerosene into a spray bottle and as you roll the paper spray onto the sheets of paper than use mechanics wire to hold the log together. "Don't go crazy with the spray fuel, the idea is to save money and get the most efficient heat for the buck. (07/27/2008)
I used to make newspaper logs for my parents fireplace. I had a 200 customer paper route and I delivered by Schwinn bike with saddle bags and 2 shoulder bags. Leftover papers went into the garage and when the pile was high enough I went into the garage and made logs. I would take a whole paper and open it up and lay it flat. Then I would take another and lay it open on the first but halfway overlapping. I would build about 10 feet or so of paper lines and then get down on one end and roll it up like a bedroll. When the roll was about as big as my thigh I would stop, grab some cheap wire and tie it off tightly in the middle. These things would burn for hours and left a very fine white ash. It helped to start with wood first and add the paper logs when a good hot fire was in progress. I have read that there are some unpleasant chemicals in the ink smoke so an airtight stove might be a better option. Enjoy the free BTU's. (09/11/2008)
I have used a book called "Newspaper Logs Made Easy" The Method worked quite well and I didn't need a machine! I have found the book on eBay and at: http://geocities.com/paperlogs/ The logs are only made with newspaper so there is to wire leftovers and they are not "Soaked" so you can use them right away. Mine lasted the longest when I burned them with other wood. Good luck to all! (09/17/2008)
Thanks everybody. I didn't have time to make these before we left on a vacation trip to Alaska for 7 weeks. We are now home, and I will be trying these ideas soon. (09/22/2008)
Can you use color news print such as the funnies? (11/02/2008)
By Mt Murphy Larry
There are plenty of log rolling machines on ebay. I just started looking for them and thought I'd try them there. The book for logmaking is also on ebay. I found a really neat looking paper log tube compressor that you can put any burnable paper in and compress it into a log. There were also plenty of paper briquette makers that use compression. Thanks for all the info, I'm new to this site and am glad I found it. (11/19/2008)
A lot of interesting comments. I wish there was one simple method of making a paper log without a machine. Seems like you could just wrap real tight and roll. I just do not want to burn the house down! (11/30/2008)
By George S.
Did you notice that the "newspaper logs made easy" folks made FOUR posts pitching their book? Lame! (12/11/2008)
I tried many times to make the briquettes but found that you can ONLY really use proper newspaper and you have to make them in the Summer for them to dry properly. Then I found a dry paper log maker, http://www.greenstamp.co.uk/product_info.php/products_id/122 and found this device much easier. The 'logs' don't burn for quite as long but they do the job and make great kindling (12/20/2008)
I don't like this book www.geocities.com/paperlogs (10/23/2005)
The logs don't work. I've tried, it doesn't work :( (12/21/2008)
By Concerned customer
I have sold over 40 books since Nov 1st of this year from my website, mail order, and on ebay. I have received many positive comments for "Newspaper Logs Made Easy". Just check my feedback as seller "mountainstarr" on ebay as well as my website Under Comments. Don't cut yourself short because one sour grape rolled off the table.
I roll the papers into a log by hand and put fondue gel in between the rolls, just enough to provoke a small flame. I tie them with garden twine and put on a few drops of Scots Pine essential oil. They work ok and smell great! (01/30/2009)
By mrs searle
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