- Sturdy construction
- Easy to use
- Produces a single fire-ready, brick-shaped log
- A cost-effective solution to buying firewood
Paper Log Maker
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|Brand Name||Northern Tool & Equipment|
|Number of Items||1|
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Top Customer Reviews
The Log maker itself is a pretty durable construction of all metal. It comes in 3 parts. The outside container with the handles, a removable bottom to pull the brick out, and the press part that compresses the brick. My setup came with instructions though it is actually pretty easy to figure out as well. Basically the thing works by taking shredded paper and compressing it to the point that it no longer burns rapidly but putting it into brick form. In that regard this thing works beautifully.
Now to answer other questions you may have.
You need to shred the paper! This is for a few reasons. It compresses better and also when the shredded paper is placed in water to soak (part of the instructions) it allows the water to attack the fibers of the paper and makes it easier to compress. Shredding the paper is probably the most annoying part to me. Sitting at a shredder sort of sucks waiting for it to shred paper. A Shredder bin about a foot and half tall makes about 3 bricks Ive found. It would be much better if I was in an office setting and could volunteer to take shredder waste home with me. Either way I recommend letting the paper shreds soak for about 3 days. It seems long yes, but planning ahead is always helpful. I have done as little as a day but those ones always seem to burn faster. Two days is fine if your in an absolute rush.
Make the bricks, this is as simple as placing the water soaked paper in the press and following the directions.Read more ›
the product itself is good and pretty sturdy. it's not difficult to use or to press out much of the water, even if you don't have loads of upper body strength. the reason i knocked it down a star is because i didn't find that the instructions provided from the manufacturer really gave you a proper indication of how to make the logs. most of what i learned about making the logs i read about on other websites or watched on some you tube videos.
You really want to let the paper to soak in water for a while. i usually let the paper soak 3 to 5 days, stirring it daily. then i go out into the driveway to make them. it's a messy process, requiring the use of gloves. first i made them in our utility sink, but bits of paper got all over the sink and in the drain so I decided to go outside after that. the thing the instructions really don't tell you about is how long to dry them. it just says "let them dry" and leaves it at that. it takes WEEKS and weeks for these things to properly dry, and the colder it gets the longer this may take. the outside of the brick might look and feel dry but inside it's probably still damp. when you pick up the bricks they should be very light when they are totally dry.
Also, these do not burn like, say, a duraflame log or something. you can't just set it on fire and expect it to blaze up.Read more ›
Before making the bricks I read all the reviews, hints and watched a video on YouTube. After a few tries, my bricks now are always solid, don't crumble and burn well. I could never make enough bricks to heat my home through winter, but I can supplement the wood with the bricks. I do believe that it's important that the paper shreds are really well saturated and have had time to break down. If I drizzle old candle drippings on the top, they make good fire starters too.
UPDATE: 12/11/12: Yesterday I decided to burn ONLY paper bricks since I had many and wanted to test their efficacy. The outside temperatures ranged from 39-46 degrees. I started a fire at 9am using 3 paper bricks, one with wax drizzling; the fire went all day till 11pm, when I went to bed, fire still going. I added 2-3 bricks an hour during the day, using up a total of 34 bricks. The house stayed at 66-69 degrees. I prefer the house a little warmer and think that combining wood and paper bricks is the way to go.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
boyyyyy have i cranked out some bricks with this mug. we live in duplex and there i was in the driveway pressing paper shreds into brick form. Read morePublished 23 days ago by sarah Grace Lackey
I got this for some family members who were (at the time) constructing a resort/camp/getaway in the Appalachian area. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Scout
Love this. I use it all the time. I just save paper and rip it up and make some paper logs for our fire pit!!Published 4 months ago by Reba
Great product to make paper logs to start a camp fire with. Works great.Published 4 months ago by MaegMC
This is well made. Can't wait to use it... Kind of a late night purchase, now I need to buy a shredder to use it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works great. Burns great too, but need a good warm week to dry out the bricks. I suggest you keep adding additional pulp after each compression until you can't fit anymore for the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Miller
It worked as advertised but is more trouble than it's worth. Don't waste your time or $$.Published 5 months ago by tex
I love the idea of this product. I wish the outter walls were a bit heavier to prevent bowing during pressing.Published 5 months ago by jeepprincess96