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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:
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By Chibaton from West Midlands, England
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.
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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Here are questions related to Making Newspaper Logs.
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.
The beastie I refer to compresses presoaked waste to squeeze out moisture and turn the paper into a "log" which apparently will burn for up to an hour. If there is a simple way to make a device and I mean simple as this girlie is not much good at DIY (lack of tools and skill). I would love to hear it as I have so far not found any info on the 'net.
By Georgia peach [USA] (Guest Post)02/27/2006
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 .
Does any one know how to make color fireplace logs or rocks?
Jjwiskus from Omaha, NE
By Science (Guest Post)01/03/2006
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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