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Making Wet and Dry Paper Logs


   Mar 21

Making Wet and Dry Paper Logs

If you own a Log Maker you may have pondered whether you should be making dry paper logs or wet ones, and what, if any, the difference is between them. Well, dry paper logs are perhaps easier to make; they are certainly less messy. However, while wet logs do take more time to produce, mainly because you have to let them dry, they will burn for longer and produce more heat.

To help you decide which the best method is for you, here is a short guide on how to make both wet and dry paper logs.

Making dry logs

Making dry logs has the advantage of being less messy, quicker to do and allows you to use the logs you produce straight away. Making dry paper logs for the fire is pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps:

1. Use a piece of newspaper in the Log Maker to make the mould in which you pack all the recycled material. Remember to twist one end to seal in all the material.

2. Compact as much paper into the newspaper mould as possible.

3. Use the plunger to compress the recycled paper as tightly as you can.

4. Remove the log and seal the other end.

5. The paper log is ready to be used as fuel for the fire.

While this is incredibly simple to do, the only problem with dry paper logs is that they burn quicker than wet logs so you are not maximising the potential of the recycled paper you are using.

Making wet logs

To get the most out of your Log Maker and the waste paper or card you are using to make fuel, making wet logs is the way to go. It may be a little messy and take moiré time, but the added heat and burn time more than makes it worthwhile. It is also not difficult to do, just follow these steps:

1. Soak the paper in a bowl of water. Ideally, you want to soak it so that the paper sticks when pressed together. It is a bit like making papier-mâché.

2. Use a dry piece of newspaper to make the paper mould as before.

3. Once the soaked paper is sodden, press it into the Log Maker.

4. Use the plunger to compress the paper down tight.

5. Take out the log, seal the end of the newspaper and leave to dry. This can take up to a week, sometimes longer depending on the material you used. A good tip is to leave them in the airing cupboard, which will allow them to dry quicker.

When dry, wet paper logs will burn much slower than dry paper logs and give off more heat. This is because when it is wet is can be compressed tighter, so after the log dries the paper it contains is more tightly compact. Some people manage to get a wet paper log to burn for over two hours. That’s two hours of free fuel to can heat your home, which more than makes up for the mess.

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