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Log Making Tips: getting the most out of your Log Maker

   Mar 10

Log Making Tips: getting the most out of your Log Maker

If you own a Log Maker, or are thinking of buying one, you will want to know how to make the most use of it. Of course, a log maker is incredibly easy to use and it doesn’t take much practice before you can quickly make your own logs. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you get more out of your log maker and ensure you are making slow burning logs that produce lots of heat.

Different materials

While log makers can pretty much compress and turn any household recycling into burnable waste. Try experimenting with different combinations of materials. Obviously, different types of waste will burn at different rates, while newspaper may burn quickly, cardboard burns a lot slower, so rather than make lots of newspaper logs, and then lots of cardboard logs, try mixing the two materials.

Also think a little outside the box. All sorts of things will burn in a log maker, so try different things. Of course, avoid anything that may give off toxic fumes, such as plastics and rubber, and anything that won’t burn. But why not try used and dried teabags, leaves and grass clippings.

Original Log maker

Original Log maker

Wet logs

While making dry logs is simpler and less messy, soaking your waste before you make your logs will produce much more compact fuel when the logs dry. It may take a little longer, and be a little messier, but you will get extra heat from your fuel and it will burn for longer, which has to be worth the extra effort. A good tip is to soak it overnight, make a whole batch of logs, and then leave them to dry, preferably for a day or two. You can even hang them on the washing line to ensure every drop of water has been extracted.

Nice smells

Another great tip is to use a little spice, herbs or seasoning to add an aroma to your logs. While natural woods have their own smells, burning paper and card doesn’t tend to have the same aromas. By sprinkling a little cinnamon or other spices into your logs, you can produce wonderful fragrances as the logs burn.

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