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!