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paper log maker Answered

y'know those paper logmakers where you soak some newspaper and then put it in a metal box and pull the handles to compress it? I have tried to do this with PVC pipe and a wooden plunger made to fit, (with a wooden base as well). didn't work. anyone know if those logmakers work and how to do a cheap/simple version of one, perhaps building on my PVC pipe efforts? when I burned the resulting log from my PVC logmaker it was extremely sooty and burned in about 2 minutes, they are supposed to last an hour and burn clean enough to use in a woodburner.


I have one of the commercially produced presses. it wasn't to pricey (about 40 bucks on amazon)

one thing i can see that will definitely improve the quality of your log pressing is if you drill many small holes in the base of the tube to let water get out but without losing much pulp

drying time really depends on how big of a log you make. the larger the log the longer the drying time.

I don't think a week is enough, I suspect this is why mine gave off loads of black smoke when i burned them- not dry.

when I use the woodstove, sometimes ill put a log on top to dry before putting it in. Or put it in where it bakes a bit but isn't on the fire exactly.

the problem with baking them is you will use more "energy dollars" baking them dry likely than you will "save" by burning them. a month or two and some sunshine are free.

Wood is pretty cheap. if it costs me more than the cost of wood to make them it defeats half the point to me.

ie greener is cheaper. if its not cheaper its not greener (really cheaper not artificially manipulated)

I just wish I had a way to automate the pressing. Working on that. I am thinking an array of "presses" using one large shop press to do 5 or 10 at a time. we shall see.

I saw a video on youtube. This guy made a press that can make 25 logs at a time. It would take some work to make but it would work better and get more made at one time. Just thought you shoulkd know

try leverage, long handle and fulcrum close to what you are compressing


You could use a car jack to exert pressure on a few forms. Why not just take the car and park it over a few forms too.

It takes a long time for the water to escape from the middle of the log, since it has to slowly percolate it's way to the surface before it can evaporate.

then maybe drill a hole thru the center and direct some air thru it from whats coming out the back of the computer that should make it dry faster

mm, I'm thinking of many tiny holes made with a hot needle or piece of wire. good idea. thanks for the link, there is also an instructible "How to make newspaper logs for your fire".

Just take a small drill. PVC cuts like butter but be careful the point doesn't slip when you start your hole. They do sell perforated drainpipe for - drains. Add a small wood platform piece to the top of your "plunger". Just sit on it and use your bodyweight...not saying you're heavy or anything.

The problem in Australia is not the saving
on the cost of wood compared with that of making paper logs, but our Australian
Broadcasting Commission have done an in detail investigation of recycling here
and the results are alarming.

1. There are mountains of broken glass that
will not be recycled as it is cheaper to import bottles from China.

2. Nearly all paper and cardboard has some
plastic coating or labels. This will not be recycled but goes to landfill.

We therefore want to put our cardboard and
paper into at least producing some energy rather than destroy the environment
for no purpose.

I just bought a 4 in 1 log maker at Walmart.com on sale for only $37, including shipping/tax. Not worth reinventing the wheel. This one works great!


9 years ago

I have drilled a load of 2mm holes in my pipe, thanks caitlinsdad. someone on instructibles has made paper logs with a hole down the centre to dry them quicker, which I might also try. 1st batch of paper is currently soaking. I have made a longer handle since I lost the old one, I might try the platform on top idea and put some cast iron weights on it for a day before removing from the press, I don't think it's stable enough to sit on, picture a bicycle saddle bolted on though!