Every day we receive a bunch of junk mail. The Post Office now processes flyers for local businesses and, of course, the “Penny Saver.” Rather than get mad that you get all this junk, put it to good use.
Last year we purchased the Paper Log Maker and have been making bricks for heating ever since. Essentially, you can use the bricks wherever you would use wood logs, such as your fireplace or wood-burning stove. The process is very simple! Watch the YouTube below and / or read the easy steps.
Soak the junk mail (and newspapers and cardboard) in water for a few days. We don’t tear the paper up, we just put it in the water whole. If you don’t tear up the paper / cardboard into about 6 inch by 6 inch pieces, you’ll either have to soak it longer (up to 2 weeks) or on about the 4th day stir the stuff like we do – using a paint stirrer in a drill to break up the fibers. For best results making the bricks, it should look like pulp. (It is not necessary to heat the paper unless you want to really accelerate the process.)
Take the top squeezer piece out of the Log Maker. Scoop the pulp out of your water with you hand. Squeeze it a little to get some of the water out and put the pulp into the bottom part of the log maker. Each brick takes a few handfuls.
Put the top part of the log maker on top of the pulp. Cross the handles over each other and press down hard. The water squeezes out of the bricks – making 4 near perfect paper bricks that are roughly the size of regular bricks.
Remove the paper bricks from the log maker by removing the top metal squeezer piece. The bricks lift out in a metal “cradle” and you can pop the paper bricks right out.
Put the bricks somewhere to dry. They will need to dry a surprisingly long time. Up to four months is not unusual, depending on the weather. Of course, the more humid the3 weather where you live, the longer it might take. I’m sure you can some up with a way to accelerate the drying time. For instance, try putting these bricks in a solar dehydrator! (Don’t know why we didn’t think of that before!)
FREE HEAT. Depending on the paper content and how good a job you did compacting the paper, you will get between 20 minutes and two hours of heat from each brick!
But the 4-1 Paper Log Maker from Amazon: