Picture of How to make a easy paper log out of scrap paper.
A easy way to burn scrap paper without sending scraps of fire out of your chimney.
This is my first Instructable so don't expect it to be to great.
-Scrap paper
-Metal twist tie

Step 1: Gathering

Picture of Gathering
You want to gather whole sheets of paper because it is easiest but half sheets or so will work. You want a good thick pile pile of paper. About mine is about 1 cm thick or 0.5 inches.
beehard444 years ago
instead of using metal ties, i simply fold one edge over
it works
sharlston6 years ago
i shred newsaper then mix it with water then mold it into balls then leave it to dry ps how long do these burn?
macrumpton6 years ago
MrLouque (author) 6 years ago
with the twine though it will burn and release all the paper into just a pile.
EmmettO6 years ago
I usually do this with newspaper but I always wanted to avoid the twist tie. Now cheap natural twine will burn just fine but if the "log" is thin enough (kindling etc) I find that just rolling it up and giving it a twist keeps the paper from unrolling. That may not work with 8.5 x 11 though. . . I'll have to try it. The problem with a lot of paper is that it has a bit of clay added to it to make it shiny. That can make it not burn so well. I really like the used veg oil suggestion, that may make the clay act as a wick. I'll be trying it.
or if your feeling motivated you can use some old veg oil and sawdust and stuff it in the center creating a faux wood log. it would probably burn faster used to do it with milk cartons and sawdust idk just an idea
Ooooooh, I've used wax, but not old veg. I'll have to try that!
MrLouque (author) 6 years ago
Burning 10$, that's crazy!
implaxis6 years ago
If that 10 is money, I assume you are just using it for visual scale and not burning it! :-) It's also a good way to get rid of personal papers instead of shredding them.
hold it under water for a day or two then let it fry and you can take the twist tie off before throwing in the fire
MrLouque (author) 6 years ago
Thanks, I was a little nervous about what comments I would get.
PKM6 years ago
Optional- soak with water, pound with a mallet or similar object and leave to dry? That seems like it might a) remove some of the coating on shiny paper and b) make the log a bit more uniform throughout its thickness.
n8man6 years ago
Nice ible! I have an Idea to make it better though, take paper and rip it up and lightly stuff it in the center of the log to make it burn from the inside out, also, make sure that zip tie doesn't have any plastic on it, those fumes are not the best to breathe in.