REcycling paper for logs!

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  1. sekmomof4

    sekmomof4 New Member

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    Since we moved to a small town 4 yrs ago, that has no recycling program, I have been going out of my mind having to toss everything. (ok not my plastic stuff- WalMart takes that) And now that I have two kids in school, the amount of paper we collect is ridiculous! But while I was surfing pinterest for camping ideas, I came across a way to make paper logs!! So now I've got a bin set up in the mud room for all our paper/paperboard/cardboard items to go into! Once I have enough I will be soaking it all for a day or two in water, then squishing it into a form, and pressing out the excess water. Drying will take some time, but even if the weather is nasty, I can dry them in the greenhouse. I plan on making a bunch of these to take with us instead of a large amt of wood. I also have a bag to put all our lint and toilet paper tubes to make fire starters! I will try to update down the road about the process and using them. [CF]
     
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  2. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I had a newspaper log roller once. It made great logs for the fire place, however do not use the Sunday comics, the ink is supposed to be poisonous. You can also use a dowel rod to wrap them too, I used cotton cord to tie them for drying and it burns along with the logs.. Good luck on the project.
     
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    we don't get the paper. [:O] [:I] not even sure any family in town get it either.. But yes that would be good too!
     
  4. 87ColemanLaramie

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    I've used empty paper towel rolls stuffed with paper from my shredder for makeshift logs. Poke a few holes in the paperboard and loosely pack the rolls for air circulation. They make great fire starters. Also a good way to get rid of junk mail.
     
  5. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I tried those on a small scale. Shred the paper then mulch it up. Put in a bucket with slits and compress it with another bucket.

    It did not burn for crap, and it dried for a long while. It just smoldered and smelled like garbage.

    I had thought about making more and use with wood or to add wax flakes or some sort of oil to add a little fuel.

    Hopefully you have better luck.
     
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  6. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I used to soak the papers in water with dawn soap added, then used an antique roller (dowel works good too) roll it tight around the roller and tie both ends with string. let it dry and it burns like a log. Do not use the Sunday funnies, the colored ink supposed to put off fumes that are not good.
     
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    A few types of logs I want to try to make are the news paper logs, and coffee ground logs. Though the paper log instructions I saw said soak the paper for a day or two, then use a paint mixer to chop it up some, then pour the mixture into a press and squeeze the heck out of it. Then free from press and let dry. As for the coffee grounds, I saw some thing about letting them dry, filters included, and stuffing them into an egg crate and pouring wax over it to "seal" them. I want to see if I can make large logs out of both for camping, and for heating my home
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I would be careful of burning to much wax in a wood stove, it may leave a lot of soot in the chimney.
     
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    I'll probably use them to start the fire in the morning then. But I keep getting odd ball suggestions about keeping the chimney clean during burning season, one was the throw in a block of wax/boy of crayons, another was to climb onto the roof and gently run a tow chain around the inside of the chimney, and the most outrageous one, throw a couple of dead D batteries in the fire. How D battery guy hasn't blown up his wood stove is beyond me
     
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    Our town just recently stopped taking paper in the recycling, which is apparently happening all over the world. Article below for reference on the big picture.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/business/local-recycling-costs.html

    I think I might give the paper logs a try. The worst that can happen is wasting a bit of my time. It’s killing me to fill up the trash bags with all of the junk mail anyway.
     
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    We have a shredder and I think I am going to start composting ours.
    If you have newspaper, it makes a great vegetable garden mulch base.
     
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    Sorry about resurrecting an old thread, but the subject interests me...

    I saw a video someone shared with me a long time ago, this guy took paper from whatever source, shredder, newspaper, etc... and chucked it in a 5 gallon bucket, put in enough water to get it wet, and took one of those drywall mud mixer things that goes on a drill and just blended the snot out of it. He then pressed out the excess water, and mixed in a bit of melted paraffin. Then scooped that goop into what looked like log size brick molds he set out in the sun to dry. Once dry they would pop right out, and he used them like Presto logs.

    I'm not sure if any of the measurements were critical or anything like that, looked like a pretty sloppy process to me, but the guy was making these things for a wood stove. I guess it was another one of those what to do with the giant piles of paper life throws at you sort of thing...

    If anyone knows the video I am talking about, could they please post a link to it here?
     
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    Way back when, 3 things most parents had in there rec room of the house were a Naugahyde covered bar, a fireplace and a log roller..

    My parents were the exception, but my grandparents had a log roller and grandpa would save up his news papers (generally 2-3 months worth) and do a day of rolling logs.. Now he didn't often use either fireplace that often, infact I only remember the living room fire place being used twice and the rec room fireplace being used about a half dozen times.. most of the logs he rolled were used at the cottage (which I only remember the fireplace there being used once) . He would toss 10 or 12 of them into the huge backyard (or front yard if you wish, since it was a water front property) stone firepit.. ironically when they decided to sell it, it was mostly dad and myself making weekend trips to paint, move furniture, clean, cut bushes etc, it was a summer long project.. well if weather permitted, we always had a fire Saturday nights.. most of the logs we burnt were the stash of paper logs grandpa had built up over the 15 years they owned the place..
     
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    I can not seem to find a photo of a log roller that is not the giant hook tool loggers / millers use to manipulate felled tree logs for loading onto a mill. Does anyone have a link for this log roller being discussed?
     
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