How to Make Newspaper Logs

Three Methods:Newspaper section logsWhole newspaper logsNewspaper brick logs

Reuse your old newspaper in a way that gives you some free fire fuel. Turning old newspaper into logs for burning is a great way to repurpose the paper and keep warm. There are various ways to make these logs, either free form or using newspaper brick maker.

Method 1
Newspaper section logs

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    Collect your newspapers. A large pile from a week or two's reading should be a good start.
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    Divide the newspapers up into sections. Each section should be folded to the size of half a page.
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    Fill a tub of water. Add a tablespoon of detergent to the water and mix gently.
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    [[[Image:Float a Needle Step 1.jpg|center]] Soak each folded section in the tub of water.
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    Remove the sections carefully and lay down on a clean surface.
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    Roll each section individually on the rod and squeeze out any excess water.
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    Slide each roll off the rod. Stand each roll on one end and leave to dry thoroughly.
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    Store. Once thoroughly dry, the newspaper logs are ready for use. They should be stored in a dry, well-ventilated area.

Method 2
Whole newspaper logs

This method works only with a roaring fire, a fast drawing chimney and fast burning fuel, otherwise the damp nature of these logs can put the fire out.

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    Roll 12 newspapers up tightly into a log shape.
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    Tie each end of the log with string.
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    Soak the log in water for two to three days.
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    Leave to drain for two to three days.
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    Use on a fire that is burning well. These logs will still be damp and this helps them to burn more slowly, giving off a steady heat.

Method 3
Newspaper brick logs

These newspaper logs take around ten minutes to make (depending on the amount you want).

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    Obtain a newspaper brick maker. You will need a newspaper brick maker for this or create your own press with some wood.
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    Collect old newspaper from friends and neighbors.
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    Get a bucket of water.
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    Shred up the newspaper. Place into the bucket.
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    Let the newspaper soak for 10 minutes.
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    Place in the newspaper brick maker or the press. Compact down the newspaper squeezing out all of the water.
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    Take the log out. Let it dry on a wooden board.
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    When dry, put it on the fire and watch it burn. The logs usually burn for 45 minutes.


  • Do not use the second method damp logs on a newly lit fire, as these will smoke and burn poorly and might even put the fire out. If you don't have a strong chimney flow and good fuel build-up, use method number one.
  • If the newspaper logs from the sections method get wet for any reason, simply stand them upright again to dry out before use.


  • Use only dishwashing or laundry detergent. Some harsh detergents are flammable.
  • Do not close the primary air intake or the flue on the stove while burning the newspaper log.
  • Be sure that you have removed all ink from the paper. When the newspaper log heats up, any remaining ink can potentially turn into a combustible vapor.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Tub
  • Detergent
  • Clean workspace
  • Rod of wood, metal or other material, approximately 2.5cm/1" in diameter
  • String

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