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Paper Log Maker

3.7 out of 5 stars 263 customer reviews
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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Northern Tool & Equipment
EAN 5029115032145
Number of Items 1
Part Number LOGPAPERFUELBRIQUETTEMAKER
UNSPSC Code 40101819

Airstream

Product Features

  • Sturdy construction
  • Easy to use
  • Produces a single fire-ready, brick-shaped log
  • A cost-effective solution to buying firewood

Product Description

So you want a cozy fire but don't have money to burn. This cool paper log maker produces a fire-ready brick shaped log that is a cost-effective solution to buying firewood (not cheap these days), chopping down someone else's tree (anti-social, possibly illegal and not recommended) or planting a tree and waiting 20 years. You get everything you need to make clean burning, low-smoke logs out of newspapers, junk mail, cardboard, wood chips, wrapping paper and more. It is easy to use, environmentally friendly and built to last.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • ASIN: B005VSB3J8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,487 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Hopefully I can shed more information on the product and answer any questions about expectations as well. Many of these reviews seem to focus on what the customer was expecting and do not fairly give the product as it works the review.

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.
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If you have the typical junk mail stuffing your mailbox, with it going right into the trash, you have a ready source for making paper logs with this gadget. Shred the paper, throw in some chipped twigs, leaves and yard clippings if you wish, soak thoroughly. Scoop the glop into the press, packing it firmly into the corners and right up to the top of the forming section. Put on the press part, squash the water out as much as possible. It seems to take a couple weeks in the sun to dry the logs out properly. Once fully dry (they will be very light and fairly solid)you get a couple hours burn time. Works best as a supplement to regular fire wood.
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i purchased this product to use in conjunction with firewood in our fireplace and outdoor fire pit. i wanted this to save money on buying wood and also to use up some of the paper that seems to accumulate around here instead of just throwing it in the recycling. My husband doesn't think it's worth "all the work" but honestly it isn't much work, just mostly requires patience, which he definitely lacks.

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.
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I got this brick maker at the end of September, rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest. I use a paper shredder for all materials -- including cardboard boxes. I dump shreds into one of two 20 gallon rubbermaid containers on the deck and cover with water. I leave the shreds for about a week, then using a wide-mouthed kitty litter scoop I scoop the shreds in to the slots. It takes 5-6 scoops to fill each slot. I found the scoop makes it faster and easier and less messy than doing it with my hands. I use the same water for the next shreds. After I squeeze the water out of the bricks I put them at the base of my woodstove or on a rack in the garage where a dehumidifer runs. It takes about 6-7 days for the bricks to thoroughlly dry in these environments.

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.
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