Free Fuel with Recycling


Free fuel! Not an easy thing to come by these days, but certainly worth having with the cost of gas and electricity. We were given a paper log maker for Christmas by our friends and have made some out of the years of files my partner needed to cull. They do a great job in out log burner and so far we’ve not had to buy any wood. We’ve either used these excellent paper logs or used wood found discarded (fly tipped) by less thinking members of society. What a great ecological use of waste materials!

This cuts our heating bill by lots! We don’t need to keep the central heating running, as sitting in one room in the evening means we only need to heat that room. It gets so warm we open the door and let the heat escape into the rest of the house, and go to bed cosy. What a lifestyle improvement since we moved from our last home which had central heating and no fireplace.

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Free Fuel, Recycled Paper

The gadget for making these logs is a very simple one, and all you have to do is shred paper, leave it in a bucket to soak then cram it into the log maker and press hard to squeeze excess water out. Then you put them somewhere to dry. In the summer this could be in a sheltered spot outside, but we’ve been drying ours in the airing cupboard. Just in case you fancy trying this method, you can buy them here.

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Free fuel in the fire

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8 responses to “Free Fuel with Recycling

  1. fabulous tips….I WANT A LOG BURNER

  2. Hi Chris
    I just found your blog through google images, looking for an illustration of toilet roll inner biodegradable pots 🙂 I’m glad I found this post as we too run a wood burner and a friend of ours had a briquette maker but it never worked out for him. This put me off buying one. My friend’s experience was that the things took about 2 years to dry out and even then he, wait for it, finished drying them in the OVEN LOL! Seems you have the knack – is there a particular tip you can share for success?

    • LOL I know what you mean! We have put them in the airing cupboard, but plan to leave them in the sunshine during summer and stash them in a shed. Friends of ours seem to do well with them, drying them by a fire!

    • Soooo sorry not to have got back to you much, much quicker. Health issues and computer dumbness keep getting to me! The briquettes need mashed up paper and plenty of time to dry, but work well once you have the knack. Newspaper is by far the best!

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