Paper Log Maker

Paper Log MakerAs part of my drive to live a little ‘greener‘, I’ve invested in an Eko-Mania Dry Paper Log Maker.

I’ve toyed with the idea of getting one of these for several years and decided against the ‘wet log‘ version (as seen in the video above) because… well… I couldn’t be bothered with the fuss and mess, basically!

You can see a picture of my ‘dry’ beast to the right!

Both myself and my good lady have just spent an hour making another batch of logs ready for the harsh Winters that we seem to be getting here in Yorkshire each year.

Here’s the reasons for my choice:

  • it’s made from sturdy aluminium
  • creates a free heat source from old newspapers
  • is a carbon neutral heat source
  • the logs burn for up to 30 minutes
  • no need to wet the contents

Now, here’s the steps that you take to create a log (I’ll ignore all the comments I can hear to ‘get a life’!).

  1. Paper Log Maker PlungerWrap newspaper around the green outer cylinder
  2. Fold the end of the newspaper inside so that it forms an end to the log
  3. Use the plunger to pack the material down (I use shredded paper, leaves, twigs, pine cones and anything else that is lying around in the garden)
  4. Keep adding material up to the ‘MAX FILL’ line
  5. Eject the paper log and twist the end to seal

Dead simple to do and you can make dozens of these paper logs within a short period of time.

Here’s another video demonstrating how easy it is to do (it’s a different make but the principle is the same):

 

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyGI1vLrF-A

I’m not sure whether they’ll burn for 30 minutes but I’ll report back once I’ve made a fire (unfortunately, it’s red hot at the moment so making a fire is the last thing on my mind!).

Have YOU any experience with ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ log makers? If so, let me know by leaving a comment below.

Joking aside, I think this is a great way to ‘recycle‘ home and vegetable garden waste that would only be thrown into the bin anyway.

If I don’t compost it, I’m going to make a log out of it!

Alan

Comments

  1. Fortunately we live in an area with a huge amount of standing dead timber and so don’t need to make our own logs to heat our home. We rely 100% of wood for heating and about 50% on wood for cooking.

    However, before our move to rural cold, we had to buy wood fuel to heat with, and we had a gadget that rolled newspapers really tightly into a newpaper log. This gadget makes a much tighter log that would burn longer. Its amazing what people are coming up with to solve the energy crisis. And its much better than buffalo chips, too.

    Have a great day!
    Chris

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