Paper log maker
For those of you who have been following my progress into the world of wood burning stoves, will know that I have been interested in making paper logs for a while. This was driven firstly by my curiosity and secondly, by the fact that I’ve got this shiny new wood burning stove and no seasoned log to try it out. Paper logs are also called briquettes.
Why make paper logs anyway?
- It has been stated that the average home throws out (or hopefully recycles) something like 500Kg of paper and cardboard per year, think how much of this could be turned into heating your home. With the recent energy price hikes, this sort of relatively inexpensive gadget/tool could really make a difference.
- Throwing unwanted paper in the recycling has to be transported, processed and more. All this adds to the carbon problem
- By burning documents, junk mail and other paperwork, there is no need to shred or be worried about identity fraud.
- You will save money by burning old paper instead of gas or electricty – free heat.
- More natural CO2 cycle and conserves forests.
- Paper logs are good at starting the fire.
- They can supplement seasoned logs and slow down your log consumption.
- It’s actually quite a fun activity and the kids do want to get involved.
How do you make logs from paper?
The basis principle to making logs from paper is actually quite simple.
- Shred or cut up paper
- Soak in water overnight
- Drain excess water from the container
- Add generous amounts of wet paper to the log maker
- Use some muscle and squeeze the water out
- Turn out the log or briquette from the log maker and leave to dry.
Different opinions on making logs from paper
I have watched numerous log making videos on YouTube and discussed the idea with a few people and the main result of this is that you have to just try it to see if it works for you. It seems that there is a bit of a black art to this log making stuff. Some people have even made their own presses out of claps, standing on old cake tins, right up to more complex gadgets. The opinion is divided on how effective these logs or briquettes are at giving good heat. But from what I have seen this is because they are being unfairly compared against seasoned hardwood logs. When really, I don’t consider these a replacement at all. I’ve found that I sometimes use about 10 sheets of newspaper just to start the fire. When perhaps one my new paper logs would have done the trick in one go.
One downside I’ve seen about making paper logs, is that it can be quite a messy job and rubber gloves are certainly required. Also, it is important not to leave the paper soaking too long in the water, overnight is more than enough. Otherwise fermentation begins, getting rather smelly in the process.
It is important to let the briquettes completely dry out, I’ve been storing mine in a greenhouse. This not only is much faster than leaving them outside, but I’ve noticed that they help to increase the humidity, meaning a little less watering of the plants.
Practice really does make perfect, the first few I made probably weren’t compressed enough and they looked a bit of a mess. All of the rest of them are great.
Here are some photos of my recently made paper logs, all they need now is a good long dry out.
- The perfect way to recycle waste paper and save money
- Sturdy all-steel construction
- New improved design
- Years of reliable service
- Easy and safe to use
- Weight 3Kg, 300 x 160 x 120mm (LWH)
What’s in the box
- 1 x Eko-mania heavy duty log maker
- 1 x Instructions
What people are saying
This is a fab piece of kit; proving to be robust and it’s going to save us a fortune in wood and heat logs this winter.
Overall, a nice product. Takes a lot more effort than shoving your paper in the blue-bin, but you’ll feel decidedly smug (and warm) while burning your home-made eco-bricks.
Fab bit of kit, wife cant stop making logs, works really well, the logs last for ages on the fire, really worth getting. Really good way to use up all those old news papers.
Paper logs is a really great way of reducing fuel costs this winter, but doing a little bit more for the environment. With so much choice in terms of briquette makers, this one comes highly recommended.
Eko-Mania Paper Log Maker – Green