Making your own logs from Newspaper
Frugal, thrifty and helping the environment
First, the most viewed Log Maker 'how to' on Youtube !!
There are many ways of cutting down solid fuel bills, especially if you have an Aga or Rayburn.
These are 'fires shut in', so will burn almost anything and everything in it can be controlled to burn at whatever rate you wish.
Frugally speaking, the best fuel is free fuel ! You can stop your car at the roadside and pick up wood to take home and there's even some good burning materials inside Skips as well!
The good things about the paper log maker is that it has a range of savings...
1. It saves buying fuel
2. It's recycling your wastepaper (inc. junk mail etc)
3. It's helping to save the Planet!
I won't pretend you could make do with logs made with one of these for a whole winter. You could, but it would take a lot of early preparation during the Summer month's when they will dry much quicker.
That's not saying they are a novelty, they have a sound reason and there's not much more comforting than to know you are playing a part in your families and their's future environment.
There are two types, the 'Briquette' which I have, or the Cylinder type.
Both will do the job just as well and work on exactly the same theory; soaking paper, filling the Log Maker up and drying somewhere warm.
It's your choice, but the few people I know who have them, say the Briquette type seems to be best ?
My own experience is, if it's a nice warm summers day, it's a few hours outside in the garden doing something positive.
A routine type job, yes, but I find a lot of those good. It gives you time to think, just like wood collecting. It gives you time to listen and watch the things which are going on around you - and what you are doing is helping those things to stay that way!
Finally, if you find it too mundane a job - get the Kids to do it !