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 .
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