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How To Make Home Made Fire Place Logs

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I use a 3/4" pipe or broom handle as the center. Lay out an unfolded section internal of the fold up, start rolling tightly. When there is still about 6" left sticking out from under the roll, layer another unfolded section on top of the piece sticking and continue this way until it's as thick a log as you want. I use twine to tie it up in three (thirds) places on the roll. Less expensive than tape.  
Oh, and slide out the pipe when you're done...

Hello - we make newspaper logs simply by rolling the newspaper as suggested below, but then wrapping them with masking tape around the middle to hold them together.  No looking for wire to hold them closed or having to sift the wire or can ends out of the ash after they burn.
We used to have a roller - it rolled them tighter but was difficult to get the rolled log off the roller.
We also have tried wetting them but the drying process was so long that we didn't have places to store a signifcant number of logs during the process.
Hope this information helps

Don't forget to have your chimney swept regularly.  Especially at the beginning of the heating season.  Birds build nest in them sometimes.  Plus newspaper and Pine can create a lot of creosote, which is flammable.  So it wouldn't hurt to do it at least midseason as well.  Check with your local fire department for more information.

oh ... I thought I would add that I have not had any problem with the unsoaked logs coming apart when they are burning. There have been no incidents of burning bits of paper floating up or anything.

I use newspaper logs in conjunction with wood during the winter. I used the article form the TightwadGazette
as my source. Based on information I found there I simply make logs by rolling about 2" of plain newspaper (no colored pages) into as tight a roll as possible and secure with wire. The article indicates there is little difference between soaked and unsoaked logs and the soaked ones can take up to 3 months to dry. Where I live wet newspaper would probably decompose in that period of time. I find that it is pretty convenient to simply roll a log or two each Sunday. The only problem I've run into is finding enough metal coat hangers to make the fasteners. I don't send much to the cleaners  and have been using the same plastic hangers for years. People at work think I am crazy when I beg for wire hangers!


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