As 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’!).
- Wrap newspaper around the green outer cylinder
- Fold the end of the newspaper inside so that it forms an end to the log
- 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)
- Keep adding material up to the ‘MAX FILL’ line
- 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):
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.
If I don’t compost it, I’m going to make a log out of it!