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How I Make Quick and Easy Newspaper Bricks For Burning In My Fire

Forget everything you've ever read about shredding and soaking newspaper for days to make paper logs. There's a much faster and easier way to recycle your newspaper and create effective long-burning paper bricks.

Here's how I make compressed paper bricks, quickly and easily, to use in my wood-burning stove.

Using Paper Bricks As Fuel In My Fire

Paper bricks are effective fire starters. Want quick and intense heat to boil water? Toss a paper brick on your fire. No wood supply? Burn paper logs one at a time!
Paper bricks are effective fire starters. Want quick and intense heat to boil water? Toss a paper brick on your fire. No wood supply? Burn paper logs one at a time! | Source

Compressed Paper Bricks / Logs

I make bricks from newspaper to use as fuel in my wood-burning stove. Because I live off the grid, I cannot flick the switch on an electric heater to keep warm while my paper bricks dry so I need the process to be quick and easy. Fire keeps my family warm during winter.

Living off the grid without electricity, I rely heavily on solar power during summer and I need my wood-burning stove to operate constantly during the colder months.

We burn split logs and fallen branches from the many trees near our home, but I also use recycled newspaper compressed into bricks to supplement the wood. Compressed paper logs burn hot which is useful if we've been out or away long enough for the fire to die down, plus they make extremely effective fire-starters.

Their heat is intense which means there is no delay in generating warmth, plus the flame helps even large logs ignite. If there's no dry wood on hand, paper logs can be encouraged to burn a long time. There's no need to fill the chamber of the fire with paper logs; you can burn them one at a time and still receive warmth.

So what can you do to make your own paper bricks - ready to use within days instead of waiting for weeks as recommended?

Freshly Made Newspaper Brick

Using old newspapers to create long-burning fuel for your fire is a great idea. But how much time and effort are you prepared to dedicate to creating each paper brick? I decided the task had to be quick and easy.
Using old newspapers to create long-burning fuel for your fire is a great idea. But how much time and effort are you prepared to dedicate to creating each paper brick? I decided the task had to be quick and easy. | Source

My Quick And Easy Way Of Making Paper Bricks

I believe life is too short to waste hours shredding paper and then wait days for the paper to soak before making something that will only be tossed in the fire and burned. I'm not creating a work of art or a family heirloom. I want the process of making paper bricks to be quicker and easier than that.

There's a hard way and an easy way to achieve just about every goal in life. For a tedious task like creating hand-made logs for a fire, I prefer the easier option.

Yes, I did follow the standard instructions for creating my very first newspaper brick. I tore the paper into little strips and soaked it longer than I believed was necessary, then packed it into the paper brick maker and struggled to push all the water out - gripping the handles and pushing down as hard as I could.

The thought of repeating the process to make my second paper brick was enough to make chopping wood seem very attractive.

A few weeks later I had another attempt, this time not bothering to shred the paper. I experimented with a number of different approaches.

I am pleased to report my efforts were successful and I discovered a quick and easy way to make my own paper bricks. If you have a brick maker (or 'log maker' as the people at Amazon call it), here's the LTM way to use it.

Here's My Brick Maker, Ready For Work

I am using a Lehman's brick maker. If you want one of your own, I've added an Amazon link. Mine is about 5 years old now and still getting a good work out.
I am using a Lehman's brick maker. If you want one of your own, I've added an Amazon link. Mine is about 5 years old now and still getting a good work out. | Source

Don't Shred Your Newspaper!

The single most important piece of advice I can offer anyone who wants to make their own paper bricks from recycled newspaper, is "Don't shred your newspaper". You'll have to trust me on this. Everyone else will tell you it is essential. I am telling you it is wasted effort.

Separate your newspaper into single sheets and scrunch each page individually before putting it in your bucket. Why? Because you'll drive yourself mad if you try to scrunch the paper after it is wet.

Sit outside in the sunshine with a nice cup of a herbal tea and the newspaper spread on the table in front of you, read a page (both sides of course) and then when you've finished, scrunch it up and drop it beside you.

Okay, so maybe you have a pile of papers you read months ago ... just scrunch up each page and make a pile.

Step 1: Scrunch Up Your Newspaper

I don't care how big each page is. Broadsheet or tabloid, any newspaper just gets scrunched up tightly.
I don't care how big each page is. Broadsheet or tabloid, any newspaper just gets scrunched up tightly. | Source

Just a Quick Dunking In Water

When you have enough scrunched pages to fill a bucket, pile them in and cover them with water. Or start with half a bucket of water and then fill it with the paper balls. I find it easier to add all the paper at the same time so each sheet has a similar amount of time getting wet.

If you leave the paper in for too long, it gets really soggy and starts to fall apart. You are making newspaper logs, not papier mache so you don't need to make paper mush. Newspaper for paper bricks made my way will be wet enough in less than one minute submerged in water.

Give the paper balls a quick dunking in the water. Don't soak them. In and out. Yes, that quickly!

In summer I use cold water. In cooler months when I have a big pot of water bubbling on top of my wood-burning stove, I add some hot water to make the mix warm.

I'm not convinced warm water makes that much difference in the construction of the paper bricks, but it certainly helps when I have to put my hands into the water and retrieve the paper on a cold day. :)

Step 2: Put Paper In A Bucket & Cover With Water

It is a lot faster to fill a bucket with newspaper when you are simply scrunching it instead of shredding it.
It is a lot faster to fill a bucket with newspaper when you are simply scrunching it instead of shredding it. | Source

Paper Brick Making Technique

There will be a certain amount of trial and error as you first begin making your paper bricks. I was surprised when I first began developing this idea by the amount of paper required to adequately fill the frame.

If you don't pack enough paper into your log-maker, you won't be able to get the level of compression needed to expel as much water as possible. Therefore your brick will take longer to air dry.

If you put too much paper in, you'll struggle to compact it properly - and risk breaking your brick maker.

Take your time to perfect your technique. If you pay attention to what works and what doesn't, you can avoid future mistakes and have a surprisingly easy time making many, many paper bricks from recycled newspapers.

Warning When Making Your Paper Bricks

The first thing most people will warn you about when making paper bricks with this type of brick maker is the danger of crushing your fingers. It is easy to avoid finger damage if you use only one hand at a time as you cross the handles into their resting position and determine which way is the 'right' way to position them.

If you look where the handles join the base, you'll see one handle is bent outwards - that is your outer handle and is the last one to lift. Once your handles are raised, push hard enough to settle the metal cover and the handles in place.

After that point, you'll be using your foot - with a strong boot or shoe on it - so your fingers are in no danger.

To my mind, however, the greater warning is to avoid breaking your handles. Pay attention to exactly how the device is designed.

Even in an empty brick maker, the cover will not drop below a certain point. Look at the photos below. Two small extensions from the cover are pressed by the handles to help push the water out. They will never drop further than the top edge of the black base.

If you insist on trying to push them further than their natural completion point, you are going to break something. Guaranteed.

Step 3: How To Press Your Wet Newspaper Into A Brick

Step 3: Pack your wet newspaper in. No need to obsess about how you do it.
Step 3: Pack your wet newspaper in. No need to obsess about how you do it. | Source
Step 4: Put the cover on. It begins the pressing process above the level of the frame.
Step 4: Put the cover on. It begins the pressing process above the level of the frame. | Source
Cross the bars over. One way will be 'smoother' and glide better than the other. Try both options ... using only one hand. See my notes for more explanation.
Cross the bars over. One way will be 'smoother' and glide better than the other. Try both options ... using only one hand. See my notes for more explanation. | Source
After stepping on the cross bars, the cover will rest with the small silver bars tight on the black frame. There's no point pushing any harder. If your paper is not compressed enough, you need to add more paper!
After stepping on the cross bars, the cover will rest with the small silver bars tight on the black frame. There's no point pushing any harder. If your paper is not compressed enough, you need to add more paper! | Source

How Paper Bricks Should Look When Pressed

Check out the photo below. See how the paper has been pushed into the shapes of the holes in the cover?

Try getting that effect using your hands. Maybe a 30-year-old weightlifter could achieve it with his bare hands, but it hurts my palms to press hard on a loaded brick maker even when I am wearing gloves - and I have no hope of achieving such a good level of compaction.

Yet this is how my paper bricks look when I put my boot to work. :)

Remove the cover and you'll see your new brick has tiny indents in the top where the wet paper has been squashed.
Remove the cover and you'll see your new brick has tiny indents in the top where the wet paper has been squashed. | Source
I have the brick lying sideways as I release it from the base plate.
I have the brick lying sideways as I release it from the base plate. | Source

Overlap Paper So New Bricks Look Like This!

The photo above clearly shows how the scrunched pages of newspaper interlock to hold their shape in the finished brick.

Release the edge of any one of those little pieces and you have a 'wick' of sorts when it comes time to light the paper brick in your fire.

If your early efforts are not successful, don't worry. Smaller pieces are also good as fire starters.

When you are packing the wet newspaper pieces into the base, don't put them in as 'balls'. Try to make sure they are flattened a little and overlapping each other so when compacted they remain interlocked.


LTM's Method For Making Newspaper Bricks

Process
What to do
What to avoid
Prepare the paper
Scrunch each page individually. Make a dry pile on the ground next to you.
Don't waste time and effort shredding
Soak the paper
Put the scrunched paper into a bucket and cover it with water, or start with half a bucket of water and stuff the paper pieces into it. Less water, same effect.
Don't wait for days, or even hours. You don't need the paper to fall apart. You just need it to be wet and pliable.
Pack the brick maker
Place the open brickmaker on grassy, flat ground in your garden. Push each little bundle of paper in firmly and flatten it a little so that the other pieces overlap and interlock. They need to be able to 'grab' onto each other when the water is pressed out.
Don't stress. Just do it. If your first attempt falls apart, you'll have little fire starters and more experience to pack the brick maker more effectively next time.
Place the cover on and prepare to press.
Position the metal plate over the top of the wet paper. It should rest just within the black metal frame. Then using only ONE hand, raise and position the metal cross bars. There's a right way and a wrong way for the bars to cross. They should rest 'smoothly' together. If not, alternate their position.
Don't catch your fingers between the bars. Use one hand, hold the handle, and move each bar individually until you are confident you know how to cross the bars safely..
Press the water out.
Use your FOOT - not your hands. Put on a work boot or strong shoe then position your foot directly over the cross. Gently increase the pressure to squeeze the water from the paper.
Don't jump, bash or break the brick maker. Just step down firmly and evenly where the bars cross. Increase the pressure with your foot, then release it, gently forcing the water out.
Remove the wet brick
Open the cross bars and remove the frame that holds your new brick. There is enough flexibility in the base plate to stretch it out a little as you release the brick. Hold the base plate vertically and release the brick onto its side to rest on a flat surface.
If the water is not running freely enough onto the grass below the brick maker, it might pool on the top. Just pour the water off and press with your foot again until the brick has compressed into a firm and solid shape.
Dry the bricks.
You can make these paper bricks at any time during the year, but obviously they will dry faster in summer. I start making mine in summer and stack them in their own 'wood stack' under cover when they are dry.
Don't panic if you need to make more during winter. Stack your wet bricks near your fire - with gaps of air circulating between them and they'll dry within a day or two.
Burn them!
It is easy to release a small amount of paper to act as the 'lighting point' on these bricks as you lay them out to dry . When starting a new fire, use a paper brick instead of fire lighters to ignite your wood.
Never underestimate the warmth and efficiency of a paper brick made this way. You don't need to fill a wood-burning stove with paper bricks the way you'd stuff it with sheets of newspaper. Burn one or two bricks at a time with your vent almost closed and you'll quickly learn how effective they can be. :)
 
 
 
Print out this table of instructions to help you make your first paper bricks ... then scrunch it up and add it to your paper mix after you've comfortably mastered the process. lol.

Buy it here ... but ignore their instructions. :)

Paper Log Maker
Paper Log Maker

This is the exact product I use to make my own paper bricks (or logs) using newspapers. Follow my instructions and you'll find the process is quick and easy. :)

 

Use Your Paper Log Maker to Create Bricks Like These

If you have to buy kindling and firewood, you really should buy your own paper log maker. Newspaper bricks make good firestarters and burn hot. Put your old newspapers to good use.
If you have to buy kindling and firewood, you really should buy your own paper log maker. Newspaper bricks make good firestarters and burn hot. Put your old newspapers to good use. | Source

Making Newspaper Bricks In Winter

We are entering spring time here so I let my supply of firewood and paper logs dwindle. I was tricked by a few weeks of warm weather. When another sudden cold and wet period began, I quickly started scrunching newspaper.

No kidding. I made another batch of newspaper bricks yesterday, and I'm burning the first of them tonight. They were quick to make and I used minimal water when I wet them. I stacked the wet bricks on the floor alongside my wood burner stove (with room for air to circulate around them) and placed a couple of the new bricks on top of a baking rack resting on top of the stove while I was in the room to keep an eye on them.

In cold weather like this, we keep the fire burning all day and night. While we were sleeping, the bricks were at a safe but warm distance on the floor. This morning I returned the chosen few to their place on the top of the wood burner stove. Every few hours I turned them over or onto their ends.

Tonight, they are burning brightly in the fire keeping us warm.

If you rely on fire to keep you warm during winter, I encourage you to grab yourself a brick-maker and start generating your own fuel for your fire with newspaper bricks.

Caught in the Cold Without Fire or Heating?

Every winter at least one unlucky soul is caught without heating during a cold spell or freezing blizzard. Either the power goes out unexpectedly, or unforseen circumstances interrupt the fuel supply.

My newspaper bricks dry quickly and effectively, but they obviously need a source of warmth to help them dry.

If you are caught by surprise without any source of fuel for your fireplace, you might need to take emergency measures to keep yourself warm.

This article gives my tips for keeping warm in an emergency when your home is without heat of any kind. It is also helpful in those circumstances when you can't access your woodpile or your fireplace simply isn't capable of cranking out enough heat to keep you warm. For instance, in an extreme blizzard.

How Do You Fill Your Wood Pile?

A lot more effort goes into chopping wood than making newspaper logs for a fire. If you're not handy with an axe or don't have access to free wood, use the paper brick option. :)
A lot more effort goes into chopping wood than making newspaper logs for a fire. If you're not handy with an axe or don't have access to free wood, use the paper brick option. :) | Source
Write messages in your fire door. Draw hearts and smiley faces. :)
Write messages in your fire door. Draw hearts and smiley faces. :) | Source

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LongTimeMother 3 weeks ago from Australia Author

I don't think it is possible to post a photo in these comments, Jeannie. You'll have to try describing your bricks. Or email me your pic to longtimemother at gmail dot com and I'll take a look.


Jeannie812 3 weeks ago

I'm getting the hang of making the paper bricks. I wish I could post a picture, but don't see how to post a picture.


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LongTimeMother 4 weeks ago from Australia Author

Jeannie, I hope you've mastered the art of using your newspaper brick maker. You shouldn't need wire baskets. Just be sure to follow my instructions so the bricks look like those in my photos when you release them. :)


Jeannie812 7 weeks ago

opps, I forgot to mention, my newspaper brick maker came in mail yesterday. I tried it out and bricks fell apart. I reread this blog today. I saw the part that I missed. Press the wet newspaper firmly in the machine.

I'll try again tomorrow.

I could really use wire baskets the same size as bricks to hold them intact during drying time. At least until I become master paper brick maker..


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LongTimeMother 7 weeks ago from Australia Author

Jeannie, you can't just 'put weight' on wet, crumpled newspaper and expect it to stay in shape. Were you using a newspaper brick maker? You don't mention using one. If you were, write back to me again and I'll give you some more hints. But it sounds like you were just putting some kind of weight on a pile of wet newspaper.


jeannie812 7 weeks ago

I crumbled newspaper, wet it, overlapped it, put weight on it. my bricks fall apart.


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LongTimeMother 5 months ago from Australia Author

Mine is a wood-burning stove, Tilly I don't know enough about coalburners to advise you. If coal-burning stoves are still available for sale in your part of the world, perhaps you could ring up a store that sells them and ask the salesperson. They should know. If it is safe to use newspaper bricks in your stove, I suggest you give it a try. Good luck.


tilly 6 months ago

Great tips

I can get a redunant coalburner from my mother. Can I burn paper logs in it?

There was an old rule: you can burn wood in a coalburner but not coal in a woodburner. Or was it the other way round? My grandfather isn't around anymore to answer.


sathish 9 months ago

its good and save the money.....


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LongTimeMother 10 months ago from Australia Author

Once you get in the swing of making your own paper logs, Solaras, you'll save lots of money. Three dollars a log for starter wood sounds crazy!

I've never used the 4-brick version so I'm reluctant to recommend it. However I look forward to hearing your feedback when you try yours out. If it works for you, I'll happily give it a mention. Thanks. :)


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LongTimeMother 10 months ago from Australia Author

Good luck with your paper bricks, Ngamminpye. I find them really useful!


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LongTimeMother 10 months ago from Australia Author

Life holds unexpected twists and turns, cygnetbrown. The day may come when you burn wood again. If it does, I trust you'll remember newspaper logs. :)


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Solaras 10 months ago

Brilliant hub! I am so happy to have a use for all of these papers I have been schlepping out to the recycle bin, and now not to have to pay 3 dollars a log for my starter wood, wonderful!

So I went to order the paper log maker and it was out of stock. The 4 log maker was in stock, so I bought that, but you might want to update your link to the 4 in one while the other is out of stock.


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Ngamminpye 10 months ago from India

I never know waste paper could be turned into bricks for fire. I'll be making my own paper brick soon.


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cygnetbrown 10 months ago from Alton, Missouri

I like this idea! I just wish I had seen it back when I was burning wood!


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LongTimeMother 17 months ago from Australia Author

Hello Hendrika. I'm burning a newspaper brick to keep warm as I write this. You'll be pleasantly surprised how much warmth they generate. :)


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Hendrika 18 months ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I like the idea of making paper bricks. It is so much more friendly to the environment than the fire starters we normally use here in South Africa, and they also do not smell as bad.


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jonnycomelately 19 months ago from Tasmania

Thanks LTM. I failed to emphasise that inner part of the wood chip pile needs to remain moist for fungi to thrive. Surface may dry up but not the deeper parts. Individual experiment will discover the best regime.


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LongTimeMother 19 months ago from Australia Author

Hello again, jonnycomelately. Patience is the key ingredient in your formula. :)


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jonnycomelately 19 months ago from Tasmania

@ eugbug , a couple of points which you might find of practical use:

Using ash to clean the stove glass can cause scratching of the surface if there is any grit present. Charcoal tends to be very soft and forgiving. It does not scratch at all and, with a little water as the lubricant, glides over the glass surface easily.

Secondly, concerning your pile of wood chips and what to do with them.

There are numerous living organisms which break down organic matter. In the case of lignin, i.e., the substance in wood that gives it strength and structure, the primary organisms that begin to break down lignin are fungi. They are present in huge numbers but are mostly microscopic strands of mycelium. They exude enzymes which begin the chemical breakdown of lignin. Once the enzymes have started the process, this opens up the way for other organisms to come in and continue the process of decay.

Where do you find a source of these fungi? Look under the hedgerows, under trees, in the forest, in a pile of old rotting logs .... your own locality will have grown it's own resource. Get a few bucket-loads of it, as much as you can, mix it in with your wood chips. Make a compact pile, leave it exposed to the rain, snow, sunshine, whatever the weather for 6-9 months, and see what happens.

You will end up with a nice living mixture of humus and nutrients that can be incorporated into your garden soil.

But you have to give it time, lots of patience.


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LongTimeMother 19 months ago from Australia Author

As we move into the colder months here in Australia, I am about to start making newspaper bricks again. I have a pile of newspapers ready and waiting. Making a paper brick is so much easier than chopping wood.

I imagine in Alaska, newspaper bricks would be very popular, Babbyii. You certainly have a cold climate. :)


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Babbyii 19 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

Great hub LongTimeMother! No one has time or money to waste today. Thanks for the in-depth sharing. A cord of wood didn't use to be so expensive, and even so, using the newspapers too as you suggest helps with recycling. What you don't use can go in the compost pile.


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LongTimeMother 20 months ago from Australia Author

Hello eugbug. I wrote a separate hub about 'How I clean my wood burning stove'. Take a look at it. It is much easier and cleaner than ash, and doesn't waste money like using hand cleanser. :)

Regarding your big pile of wood chips, I use clay for building walls. Not sure I'd want to use it in my fire though. I'm not a fan of slushy newspaper mush, but if you were to soak newspaper long enough for it to become slushy, you might be able to use it to bind clumps of wood chip. Of course you'd have to find somewhere for them to dry before you could use them, and I don't know what the result would be.

Have you tried simply rolling some in a couple of sheets of newspaper? That might be all you need. Or perhaps try filling an empty cereal packet ... and adding it to an already-burning fire, using it as fuel (instead of trying to start a fire with it.)


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eugbug 21 months ago from Ireland

....as regards cleaning tar from glass doors, wood ash is supposed to be good although I haven't tried it. Heavy duty hand cleanser ( the type used buy mechanics) also contains a mild abrasive and is great for removing tar and grease.


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eugbug 21 months ago from Ireland

Tedious work, but it's great to be able to make use of waste like this. The environmentalists would probably moan about this, butI think dioxin produced by burning is only an issue with white paper which has been bleached.

Voted up and useful!

I wish I could think of a way of using up the big pile of stuff I have accumulated from chipping branches with a small electric chipper. They could be turned into bricks if I could come up with a way of binding the material together, possibly using clay.


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LongTimeMother 22 months ago from Australia Author

Life's too short to waste time on any task that has a quicker and easier option, Jonny. I'm pleased to hear you are saving time and money.

If you don't already have a paper log maker, you really should get one. Much quicker and easier than chopping wood! Let me know how you go if you decide to try it.


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jonnycomelately 22 months ago from Tasmania

Haha! Yes, LongTimeMother, it was of course yourself, a Senior's Moment on my part, please forgive.

You have saved me many a half-hour trying to scrape that tar off, like Woody is apparently doing. And I have passed the method on to several people now.

Previously I had used a spray can of stuff obtained at great expense at the store.... and the can lasted about 2 cleans only! Then I was trying the white wood ash as a "softener" for the tar before using the razor blade.

Now life is a dream! Thanks for all your useful hints here in HP.

You probably feel a bit like I do when people continually see my little Hub about using broken mozzy coils. It's totally un-commercial as far as I am concerned, but people all over the world have found it useful and that makes me feel really great!


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LongTimeMother 22 months ago from Australia Author

Hi Jonny. The only writer I know of on HubPages who wrote about cleaning glass with charcoal is ... me. lol. Does this mean you are actually cleaning your glass my way? Good for you!

If you want to read the article, Woody, there's a link above. Otherwise just google How I clean my wood burning stove and look for the link there. :)

I suspect you spotted the little promo for that other hub, Woody. If not, I'm puzzled about why you posted a comment about cleaning glass here, where I'm talking about making newspaper bricks.

Anyway, thanks to both of you for taking the time to comment. :)


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jonnycomelately 22 months ago from Tasmania

Woody, that is a good way to do it.... cleaning the glass of blackened carbon, etc. I used that technique for a long time until someone here on HubPages told of using just a lump of charcoal.

The charcoal is simply dipped in plain water.... no detergent, no ammonia, nothing other than plain water. Rub the charcoal all over the class, keeping it wet. This loosens the black and you can wipe it clean with newspaper. No scratching, no harsh chemicals. If there is a small area that has extra buildup that you can't move, then use your razor blade briefly.

It works. I am so grateful to that writer who ever she was.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Oh, and don't forget all the trees and plants I grow. Without any input from chemical fertilizers or pest control. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Don't waste too many tears, Crrafty. Next time you drive past a power plant spewing gunk into the environment, past a train hauling coal or through beautiful countryside blighted by coal seam gas fracking, be happy that I live off the grid and use solar power for all my power needs except one little wood-burner stove. :)


Crrafty 2 years ago

I weep for what you're doing to the environment with all the dioxins you're dumping into it. Burning a little is not too much harm, but too much and concentrated in an area can do some damage.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Hello Southwest Girl. I am pleased to hear from someone else who has the same problem as I do when trying to press a logmaker with their hands. Put on a boot and use your foot. It is so much easier! :)


Southwest Girl 2 years ago

I have a logmaker but never used it coz it hurt my hands but I will be using the LTM method from now on. Tks


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ClaytonDaily 2 years ago

What a great idea


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Hello W kitchen. Gift wrapping your logs makes perfectly good sense - particularly to someone like me who lives off the grid and doesn't want to waste precious power on vacuuming all the time. :)

Thanks for adding your hint here in the comments for others to read. I don't use sawdust or bark chips in my brick maker, so it never would have occurred to me to wrap them.

I'll try and create some more helpful hubs for you soon. lol. Thanks.


W kitchen. 2 years ago

haha!!! Ipad,

i wrap my logs ,when dry, in a sheet of paper as i add sawdust and bark chips to the logs ,like a xmas present with tape,it dose not take a minute ,and it keeps the log together and no mess from the sawdust.

GREAT IDEAS, KEEP THEM COMING.

WYN KITCHEN.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Hi jonnycomelately. One of my kids asked me a while back why I still insist on buying newspapers instead of reading news online and I told her I wouldn't get much heat burning her ipad.

You've just reminded me of another reason. lol. Thank you!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Hello Farouk Alam. Keep the process quick and simple. If your paper falls apart, you've left it in the water too long. :) Thanks for your comment.


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jonnycomelately 2 years ago from Tasmania

I just heard a funny story about the use of newspaper.

Grandfather, a bit deaf, says to his son, "lend me a newspaper will you, lad." "Dad, we don't use those these days. Here, try the Ipad."

Splat !! "Gee! That got him good! You call it a Flypad do you Lad?"


Farouk Alam south wales uk 2 years ago

just about to have a log burner installed great article for making bricks

going to send for one straight away Thank a lot


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Absolutely, Penny. If all your junk mail is really shiny paper, the brick may split but our junk mail includes normal paper texture. My junk mail, old bills, envelopes etc all make their way into my bricks (generally mixed with newspaper) to be burned.


Peony 2 years ago

can i use junk mail instead of newpaper?


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you for the compliment, jonnycomelately. :)


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jonnycomelately 2 years ago from Tasmania

Very well written, LongTimeMother...... great read, sensible and useful.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Hello w kitchen. I am guessing your cellar must have moisture in the air, and your paper logs absorb it. That's just natural.

If you are stacking your paper logs directly onto the floor, try raising them. That could be as simple as stacking them over a couple of planks of real wood.

How damp do they get? Are you able to bring them upstairs into the warmth and have them dry again within the day?


w kitchen. 2 years ago

hi,how do i keep my paper logs dry in winter.

when i make them i keep them in the greenhouse until really dry,then i stack them in the celler where they go damp again?

has anyone any ideas as to why they go damp.

help!!!

w.kitchen.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia Author

Hello stuff4kids. I am confident you will be pleasantly surprised. :)


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stuff4kids 2 years ago

Fantastic!

I have often considered getting one of these paper log maker things but could never believe that it would be a reasonable pay-off against the time spent preparing them.

The advice you give here is a game-changer. Gonna try this now.

Thank you!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia Author

lol. Stick with me, MarleneB. I'll take you to all the good shortcuts. :)


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

I like the way you think. If there is an easier way to do something, then I want to hear about it. Thank you for the clear and easy-to-follow instructions.


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for the thumbs up, Rosie.

Very kind of you, aviannovice. :)


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I cannot think of a better article on how to live better by your own means. Awesome and up!


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

Excellent instructions with clear explanations. This is a great way to save money and recycle at the same time.


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for the vote up Eddy. :) Making paper bricks is one of those seasonal tasks that makes winter off-the-grid much more pleasant. I find they are extremely useful and I like the fact that I don't get splinters as I carry them inside. lol.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

How this brought back great memoires ;I'd forgotten all about making these bricks. A great hub and voted up.

Eddy.

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