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To make handmade fireplace logs, all you need is a large amount of newspaper, a wooden dowel (or a metal rod, shower curtain rod or closet rod) about 3/4-1+ inch diameter, a few drops of dish soap and some water.
Do not use slick, colored paper from sales inserts and circulars etc. Telephone book pages may be used, though they are small and must be torn out of the book.
Fill a kitchen sink or a large tub 1/2 full with water (warm will be more comfortable for your hands). Add a few drops of dish soap and stir. Run newspapers, folded in half lengthwise, like you are reading the front page, through the water. Wrap the now-wet newspaper around the dowel and smooth paper down as you wrap. Overlap the next piece a few inches over the end of the previous one and continue to add more newspaper until the log is as big as you like it. Wiggle or twist the dowel/rod as you slip the paper log from the dowel.
Stand the 'logs' on end outdoors in a protected area out of the rain. If good weather is predicted they can be left in the sun and they will dry faster. Place them to dry on piles of clean dried leaves, flattened cardboard boxes, or in mesh crates with plenty of space between them so air may circulate around them.
Over the next few days, rotate the logs to place the opposite end up, and move them around to ensure all the sides get dry. When thoroughly dried they may be burned just like regular logs. Store them in a dry location. Cotton or jute twine may be tied around each log to hold them together, if the final edge curls up or you wrapped them loosely.
If you have a wood burning stove and receive the daily newspaper you can make your own newspaper logs. Lay newspapers flat and roll it into 3 inch diameter logs then wrap metal wire around the finished log. The tighter you can roll the paper the longer the "logs" will burn.
When making paper logs for fuel from newspapers, don't bother purchasing a commercial machine. In my experience they don't work very well. (I gave mine away!) All I do now, is:
Cheers. Hope this works for you, too.
By Chibaton from West Midlands, England
Newspaper "logs" work great in the fireplace. Instead of buying expensive starter logs for the fireplace, roll and tie with string or twine newspapers. To start the fire, place several newspaper logs on the grate, then smaller kindling scraps, then the real wood pieces. I store mine in a large crock right next to the fireplace during winter. Gets rid of the newspaper mess and I can avoid going into the recycling center each week. The newspaper logs don't create a multitude of extra ash, either.
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I have been looking for a way to convert junk mail, paper, cardboard, etc. into fuel for my open fire. Having discovered the "paper log / brick makers" on ebay and through other searches and finding them too expensive for my meager income, I wonder if there is an effective way to do this by hand.
I take my junk mail/catologs/etc and roll it into a very tight roll and stick it in an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll to hold it in place.
This what I read in a Household Hints column many years ago. Make a very tight roll of paper, junk mail, etc. Tie with twine or if you have a cat or dog and use the small tins of food, cut both ends off the tin and put your paper roll in the tin. If at all possible, it's good if you can soak the rolls in water and then let them bake dry in the sun.
I have a camping book that has the neatest way of making your own fuel.
They took corragated cardboard, rolled it tightly and poured parafin wax in it. Lit it and used this to bbq!
I would use the hint above and put my paper and junkmail in the paper tube, pour the wax in the tube tie a string around it and light the string.
I use to make my own logs and it was real easy.take your paper and run it under warm water,lay it flat on the cabinet or table,use the next piece to absorb as much water as you can get out of the first one,sort of like paper mache,roll the log as tight as you can get it.hang it on your clothesline and let it dry. it will burn just like wood.once in a while I'd throw a piece of old candle into the middle for the rainey days when it was hard to get the real wood going.I only made my logs from 1 to 2 inches thick as a fir starter but some of them would be at least 4 inches thick.it takes awhile for them to dry out .
Really want to make " starter" size newspaper logs, worry about the wax in my livingroom wood fireplace
Does any one know how to make color fireplace logs or rocks?
Jjwiskus from Omaha, NE
Hmm. I seem to remember phosphorous is blue. Check your chemistry book I think. This could be dangerous. Not sure. All of this falls in the category of making your own explosives at home.
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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
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)
Those who are serious about recycling newspapers into fire logs will find "The Newspaper Log Resource Book" full of great instructions! Check out our web page for more information.
Mountain Starr Publications
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