How To Create Fire Logs From Paper

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Materials needed

  • 3/4” to 1” diameter dowel rod about 24” long
  • Newspapers
  • 5 gal bucket and water to soak the paper in.

How to Make Fire Logs

For soaking the paper, place the newspaper in the buckets still folded into sections.

Fill the buckets with water, and let soak 1 to 2 hours, then prepare for rolling the logs.

Standing at a sink or other water proof surface, take the first wet section of the newspaper out of the bucket.
Place the dowel rod about 1 inch down from the top of the wet paper and begin to roll the dowel rod down the newspaper.

Start the paper near one end of the dowel so that it is easier to push off once you are done rolling paper. As you roll the newspaper squeeze out excess water.

After you have rolled up 2-3 inches of the wet paper, shape and compress the log with your hands to get more excess water out. Pull the dowel rod out of the freshly made paper fire log.

Air drying the newspaper fire logs

The completed fire logs must be completely dry before burning.

  • Store logs in a shed or other covered area where the temperature and breeze can air dry them.
  • If you do not have a shed, stack the wet logs on a platform, old pallets, or anything else that will keep the wet logs off the ground.
  • Cover with a tarp to keep the logs from getting wet due to weather conditions.
  • It will take at least a week for the logs to dry.

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  1. James Alumbaugh said:

    I have a special press that I picked up on the cheap (5 bucks), that was designed for recycling newspapers into logs.
    It is kind of old and the instructions say to tear the paper into 1 inch or smaller strips, soak them in water, and then place the wet strips into the press mold and allow to dry. I use a paper shredder, though…

    I am also playing around with the idea of pulping the newspaper before putting it in the press, for tighter compression.