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newspaper bricks

Last post Thu, Sep 4 2008 11:22 AM by gayla50. 3 replies.
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  • Thu, Sep 4 2008 8:09 AM

    newspaper bricks

    I was looking through a Lehman's catalouge and noticed that they had a paper brick maker for $50. According to the discription you can take newspapers compress them into bricks and they will burn for 4 hours in a wood stove or fireplace. Since 2 of my ds's have paper routes it won't be too much of a problem for me to get my hands on papers to compact but I was wondering if anyone has ever burnteither newspaper bricks or logs (they also had a log roller) and what kind of luck did they have. Did the bricks or logs produce any heat and was it enough to heat the room or the house?

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  • Thu, Sep 4 2008 9:34 AM In reply to

    • Pat
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    Re: newspaper bricks

     I've used newspaper logs, and, while they can stretch your wood supply, they won't substitute for it altogether. Paper burns with a lot of ash because it doesn't burn as hot as wood when it's compacted, so you need wood to burn with it. If you usually use say, three medium pieces of wood, you can use one or two of paper instead.  It burns a little better if you soak it in water first then give it a couple of weeks to dry out. 

     I saw the paper brick maker and was intrigued - wish I still had a wood burning stove. It might burn better as a brick because it would be compressed much more than logs. 

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  • Thu, Sep 4 2008 10:43 AM In reply to

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    Re: newspaper bricks

    Would making those bricks or logs be better done while the weather is still hot? That could be a late spring/early summer project so that they have the entire hot weather season to dry out for winter. Edey

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    Re: newspaper bricks

    Many years ago I brought a log roller the kids and worked like little beavers

    the logs do burn for a bit then smolder .. and when it all over it makes so much ash.  

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