It's totally un-commercial as far as I am concerned, but people all over the world have found it useful and that makes me feel really great! Good to hear, WSS. :). I'm getting the hang of making the paper bricks. People like you and me are viewed as some kind of 'bad guy' because we have wood-burning stoves. Yes, I agree that those who are quick to condemn are often the ones doing the least in practical terms. LT Mum, it looks like AusAirqual is thinking in absolutist terms. Perhaps you could contact your local newspaper office and ask them if they use soy-based inks. Take a look at it. After that point, you'll be using your foot - with a strong boot or shoe on it - so your fingers are in no danger. Position the metal plate over the top of the wet paper. Hold the base plate vertically and release the brick onto its side to rest on a flat surface. Do note, while we always aim to give you accurate product info at the point of publication, unfortunately price and terms of products and deals can always be changed by the provider afterwards, so double check first. There's no point pushing any harder. Full of information! I am pleased to report my efforts were successful and I discovered a quick and easy way to make my own paper bricks. The first thing most people will warn you about when making paper bricks with this type of brick maker is the danger of crushing your fingers. when i make them i keep them in the greenhouse until really dry,then i stack them in the celler where they go damp again? Will regular paper work or does the paper brick maker only work with newspaper? If the water is not running freely enough onto the grass below the brick maker, it might pool on the top. We don't as a general policy investigate the solvency of companies mentioned (how likely they are to go bust), but there is a risk any company can struggle and it's rarely made public until it's too late (see the. Beneath one of the photos I wrote: "Step 4: Put the cover on. It works. What do you have in place for providing your home and family with power, water, toilet, food etc? This is much easier than any paper brick making directions I’ve seen before. Yes, I did follow the standard instructions for creating my very first newspaper brick. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 13, 2014: Hello w kitchen. Don't you have any neighbours or relatives with newspapers they throw out? LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 25, 2015: As we move into the colder months here in Australia, I am about to start making newspaper bricks again. You can make these paper bricks at any time during the year, but obviously they will dry faster in summer. A cord of wood didn't use to be so expensive, and even so, using the newspapers too as you suggest helps with recycling. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on October 16, 2014: Hello Southwest Girl. :). See the little 'pegs' sticking out at the sides of the insert? :). Making paper logs Step 2 . I'll try and create some more helpful hubs for you soon. You'll be pleasantly surprised how much warmth they generate. I am confident you will be pleasantly surprised. Individual experiment will discover the best regime. So I went to order the paper log maker and it was out of stock. But you and I, along with uncountable other level headed people, know that diverse circumstances require equally diverse solutions. Bushfires and burn-offs do cause ill-health but the smoke quickly passes, so there's nothing like the damage to health from living next to a wood stove and being exposed to pollution for the entire winter. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on May 03, 2014: Absolutely, Penny. So what can you do to make your own paper bricks that will be ready to use within days instead of waiting for weeks as recommended? LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 24, 2014: Thank you for the compliment, jonnycomelately. How to Make a Coffee Fire Log: In this instructable, I'll show you the basic recipe for making a Coffee Fire Log. ~ If you managed to bend the handles, you must have been putting pressure against the 'pins' (which I will explain below.) For instance, in an extreme blizzard. But we always can improve how we do it. Audrey Surma from Virginia on September 21, 2013: Excellent instructions with clear explanations. And I have passed the method on to several people now. The advice you give here is a game-changer. Anyone with neighbours or is connected to the grid, should consider safer, more environmentally friendly way to heat their homes. If it does, I trust you'll remember newspaper logs. My newspaper bricks dry quickly and effectively, but they obviously need a source of warmth to help them dry. This info does not constitute financial advice, always do your own research on top to ensure it's right for your specific circumstances and remember we focus on rates not service. Draw hearts and smiley faces. The recipe could still use some tweaking, but it's a good start and a fun and easy project. I just wish I had seen it back when I was burning wood! Thanks for the in-depth sharing. They dont burn well from the start, but add alot of flame to an already going fire. Now life is a dream! You don't need the paper to fall apart. The environmentalists would probably moan about this, butI think dioxin produced by burning is only an issue with white paper which has been bleached. You will end up with a nice living mixture of humus and nutrients that can be incorporated into your garden soil. I made another batch of newspaper bricks yesterday, and I'm burning the first of them tonight. Here, try the Ipad. What suits one does not necessarily suit another. i wrap my logs ,when dry, in a sheet of paper as i add sawdust and bark chips to the logs ,like a xmas present with tape,it dose not take a minute ,and it keeps the log together and no mess from the sawdust. This morning I returned the chosen few to their place on the top of the wood burner stove. I hope my answer helps you. They should know. You'll have to try describing your bricks. Woody, that is a good way to do it.... cleaning the glass of blackened carbon, etc. Three dollars a log for starter wood sounds crazy! One of my kids asked me a while back why I still insist on buying newspapers instead of reading news online and I told her I wouldn't get much heat burning her ipad. :). :). paper in the Paper Brick Macker to be finished and ready to use? Just to thank you for such a brilliantly described and well-written article. I burn my fires in a combustion stove and my flue/chimney rises far above my roofline. Despite the use of soy ink, I don't even use newspapers as mulch in my vegetable garden because I like foods I grow to be organic and free from all toxins. We cleaned the forest of wood that would have just sat and rotted heated our home. Yes, it would be wonderful if the world had no need for using any fuels of any type ... but that's not the world most of us live in. This is a great article and i am looking into this for my mother who is getting up there since my father passed. If you have an enclosed wood burning stove and access to old newspapers, these newspaper bricks will be very helpful to you. So, thanks for your comment. Good for you! Every winter at least one unlucky soul is caught without heating during a cold spell or freezing blizzard. Fire keeps my family warm during winter. I don't care how big each page is. The burns were conducted in the southern highlands and Central Coast on Sunday. No wood supply? When you burn something -- be it wood or paper bricks -- the particles in the pollution you produce are in the ultrafine size range. Just pour the water off and press with your foot again until the brick has compressed into a firm and solid shape. :). I personally don't have the need to use newspaper bricks often, although I still use them at least a few times each season. It is easy to avoid finger damage if you use only one hand at a time as you cross the handles into their resting position and determine which way is the 'right' way to position them. Answer: I burn mine confined in a wood burner stove so no, it doesn’t smell. I could really use wire baskets the same size as bricks to hold them intact during drying time. There's no need to fill the chamber of the fire with paper logs; you can burn them one at a time and still receive warmth. You probably feel a bit like I do when people continually see my little Hub about using broken mozzy coils. Place the paper log in a spot where it won’t ... it may take as little as three days or as long as two weeks for the log to dry out completely. Once dry, the logs are ready to burn. Making a paper brick is so much easier than chopping wood. You shouldn't need wire baskets. Now I'm interested in hearing what you do in your own home to significantly reduce your imprint on the environment. But how much time and effort are you prepared to dedicate to creating each paper brick? A few weeks later I had another attempt, this time not bothering to shred the paper. Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on January 24, 2016: Brilliant hub! There's no point pushing any harder. If your first attempt falls apart, you'll have little fire starters and more experience to pack the brick maker more effectively next time. Check out the photo below. Heavy duty hand cleanser ( the type used buy mechanics) also contains a mild abrasive and is great for removing tar and grease. Thanks. The single most important piece of advice I can offer anyone who wants to make their own paper bricks from recycled newspaper, is "Don't shred your newspaper". I've taken a closer look at my trusty old newspaper brick maker and I loaded it with insufficient paper and put pressure on and managed to have a similar result to you. Stick with me, MarleneB. wonderful informative instructions we will definitely be having a go. At least until I become master paper brick maker.. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on October 18, 2016: Jeannie, you can't just 'put weight' on wet, crumpled newspaper and expect it to stay in shape. Good luck with your paper bricks, Ngamminpye. Your question suggests you're considering them for building which worries me. Either the power goes out unexpectedly, or unforseen circumstances interrupt the fuel supply. I have a pile of newspapers ready and waiting. When it comes to burning newspaper bricks, I don't fear toxins. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on August 30, 2017: You don't say where you live or how you heat your home, WSS. ~ It is near-impossible for me to effectively press the water from a correctly loaded brick with my hands. It's kind of like hardcore paper mache. ", And another says, "After stepping on the cross bars, the cover will rest with the small silver bars tight on the black frame. :), Don't waste too many tears, Crrafty. I wrote this article for the benefit of the many people who need to make newspaper bricks because they can't afford (or can't always access) wood for their wood-burner stoves. I am so happy to have a use for all of these papers I have been schlepping out to the recycle bin, and now not to have to pay 3 dollars a log for my starter wood, wonderful! After all, that’s the method that people applied long before the paper shredder’s invention. Not sure if they sent you a different one or not ... but here's my thoughts on the likely explanation for the problem you had. There should have been much more resistance. my bricks fall apart. KEEP LOGS OUT OF REACH OF PETS AND CHILDREN! LTM's small farm is completely off the grid. mowcop Sat 07-Nov-09 11:46:37. It is also helpful in those circumstances when you can't access your woodpile or your fireplace simply isn't capable of cranking out enough heat to keep you warm. My hands don't touch the wet newspaper for very long at all, and I wash them after brick-making sessions. Random Acts of Kindness and All things Positive! In my experience it is those who are quick to condemn that do the least in practical terms.....an almost religious zeal that requires others to do the changing. For a tedious task like creating hand-made logs for a fire, I prefer the easier option. Guaranteed. Does this mean you are actually cleaning your glass my way? If it was easy for you, there wasn't enough paper loaded. I use my newspaper bricks in a wood burning stove, burning ‘hot’. Tks. Yet if each of us is thoughtful enough to carefully adjust something in our lives that will produce less waste, less pollution; be less selfish, less judgemental; more innovative, more considerate of the needs of others.....then we just might help to heal the planet before it spews us out in terminal sickness. Then I was trying the white wood ash as a "softener" for the tar before using the razor blade. They were quick to make and I used minimal water when I wet them. Thank you for the clear and easy-to-follow instructions. Just step down firmly and evenly where the bars cross. I start making mine in summer and stack them in their own 'wood stack' under cover when they are dry. Thank you! I experimented with a number of different approaches. We often link to other websites, but we can't be responsible for their content. They are made for burning. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on January 10, 2018: Thanks, Cathy. We are entering spring time here so I let my supply of firewood and paper logs dwindle. There will be a certain amount of trial and error as you first begin making your paper bricks. Are you able to bring them upstairs into the warmth and have them dry again within the day? On Monday, Sydneysiders woke to a blanket of haze after a south-westerly wind overnight blew smoke from hazard reduction burns across the city. Put on a boot and use your foot. Tip One: Know How to Really Build a Fire: While it may seem elementary — toss in some logs, some paper and a match – burning an efficient fire isn’t so simple. It’s best to consult your appliance guidelines to optimise the burn time. If there is a small area that has extra buildup that you can't move, then use your razor blade briefly. The only writer I know of on HubPages who wrote about cleaning glass with charcoal is ... me. Burning a little is not too much harm, but too much and concentrated in an area can do some damage. Put the scrunched paper into a bucket and cover it with water, or start with half a bucket of water and stuff the paper pieces into it. You just need it to be wet and pliable. If you are stacking your paper logs directly onto the floor, try raising them. This is a great way to save money and recycle at the same time. We work hard and I remember helping my father in the woods bucking up tree limbs to take home to burn that the loggers left. :). We live in the north east and my entire life until this day my parents home is wood heated. I crumbled newspaper, wet it, overlapped it, put weight on it. However an additional protection would be to wear rubber gloves, although I'd not thought about that before now to be honest. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on October 27, 2014: Oh, and don't forget all the trees and plants I grow. If you want one of your own, I've added an Amazon link. I used that technique for a long time until someone here on HubPages told of using just a lump of charcoal. Her family uses solar and alternative power sources for lighting, cooking, animal fencing, etc. So what can you do to make your own paper bricks that will be ready to use within days instead of waiting for weeks as recommended? :). Were you using a newspaper brick maker? Deborah Minter from U.S, California on August 27, 2017: LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 05, 2017: Many newspapers are now printed using soy ink, Adrian, instead of the traditional petrochemical products. familiarise yourself with the latest version. Thanks for adding your hint here in the comments for others to read. If you could seal up a house tight enough to keep out wood (or paper) smoke, you'd also keep out oxygen. As I explained in my article, I can quickly make and dry newspaper bricks to use the next day during long, unexpected rain periods when I need to start a new fire. I am using a Lehman's brick maker. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on September 24, 2017: So tell me, AusAirqual, what efforts do you make to reduce pollution caused by your own home and lifestyle? There's no need to fill the chamber of the fire with paper logs; you can burn them one at a time and still receive warmth. For other places, the ecologists warn us that firewood collection is bad for the environment because it deprives many species including threatened and endangered species of hollow logs for homes. They need to be able to 'grab' onto each other when the water is pressed out. They will create more ash than wood. In cooler months when I have a big pot of water bubbling on top of my wood-burning stove, I add some hot water to make the mix warm. Cross the bars over. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 07, 2018: I've spent a lot of years living off the grid, Cynthia, so I've found he fastest, easiest way to execute most chores. The day may come when you burn wood again. If all your junk mail is really shiny paper, the brick may split but our junk mail includes normal paper texture. Can't imagine why you'd think I (or anyone) should need to 'waste' money on newspapers. Look at the photos below. How long do they burn for? Or was it the other way round? In addition heat pumps cause a lot less global warming, and don't damage our health. Or email me your pic to longtimemother at gmail dot com and I'll take a look. There is enough flexibility in the base plate to stretch it out a little as you release the brick. They should rest 'smoothly' together. You don't mention using one. Because I live off the grid, I cannot flick the switch on an electric heater to keep warm while my paper bricks dry, so I need the process to be quick and easy. There's a hard way and an easy way to achieve just about every goal in life. I tried it out and bricks fell apart. Living off the grid without electricity, I rely heavily on solar power during summer, and I need my wood-burning stove to operate constantly during the colder months. Sadly, Bernard, I think you must have put in wet paper, then put the insert in place so it sat down right at the beginning with the pegs already on the black frame. I'll take you to all the good shortcuts. Mine is about 5 years old now and still getting a good work out. I'm fortunate to have an unlimited supply of fallen tree branches, including lots of black wattle in the hundreds of acres of bush near my home. By the way, my family uses a waterless composting toilet. Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on January 23, 2016: I like this idea! I failed to emphasise that inner part of the wood chip pile needs to remain moist for fungi to thrive. Try to make sure they are flattened a little and overlapping each other so when compacted they remain interlocked. The paper logs burn best when combined with wood. I suspect you could have straightened the handles and tried again. :). These bricks are not designed for construction. It begins the pressing process above the level of the frame. Next time you drive past a power plant spewing gunk into the environment, past a train hauling coal or through beautiful countryside blighted by coal seam gas fracking, be happy that I live off the grid and use solar power for all my power needs except one little wood-burner stove. Please tell me if you have heard about this, I know you can't use coloured ink as it is a mineral base but don't know about just the black ink. We have an open fire but I use one of the log makers that you dont have to wet the papers to make, you roll paper around a tube and stuff it. I've just seen your message. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on January 25, 2016: Once you get in the swing of making your own paper logs, Solaras, you'll save lots of money. Another new study shows that air pollution (at levels similar to the amount of pollution if a few households in the area use wood stoves) is almost as bad for babies as smoking during pregnancy. Technology involved in printing will undoubtedly continue to change. Previously I had used a spray can of stuff obtained at great expense at the store.... and the can lasted about 2 cleans only! I want the process of making paper bricks to be quicker and easier than that. I do, however, sometimes use them as mulch in areas where I just grow flowers. I am so grateful to that writer who ever she was. Otherwise just google How I clean my wood burning stove and look for the link there. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on March 19, 2014: Hello stuff4kids. Other Reclaiming: Mortgage Fees, Council Tax etc, Pensions, Annuities & Retirement Planning, Report Holiday Deals, Bargains & Special Offers, Martin's Blogs & Appearances & MoneySavingExpert in the News. If not, alternate their position. You've just reminded me of another reason. I am guessing your cellar must have moisture in the air, and your paper logs absorb it. However I'd still make and burn newspaper bricks along with wood from fallen branches even if I lived elsewhere. Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on April 24, 2015: Great hub LongTimeMother! And have you noticed how often they seem out of touch with the real world? TOPSHOP, MISS SELFRIDGE AND BURTON OWNER 'ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE' – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, 'I'M SELF-EMPLOYED BUT CONFUSED ABOUT WHETHER I CAN CLAIM THE THIRD GRANT' – UNSURE? Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. Advertisement. Question: Is there a worse accumulation of soot, etc when using paper bricks versus wood? That's just natural. I am telling you it is wasted effort. As far as I know the RFS conducts hazard-reduction burns only in areas where bushfires are likely to threaten urban areas. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on July 08, 2015: Hello Hendrika. If your paper is not compressed enough, you need to add more paper! Thanks. Look under the hedgerows, under trees, in the forest, in a pile of old rotting logs .... your own locality will have grown it's own resource. :), Write messages in your fire door. That got him good! This loosens the black and you can wipe it clean with newspaper. Why? I reread this blog today. :), I have a logmaker but never used it coz it hurt my hands but I will be using the LTM method from now on.