Now, this post was supposed to go out with yesterdays blog, but as with computers, it said NO halfway through and so we decided to have another go today. Computers eh? Last year one of our mutual bloggers  put out a post where she had bought a Paper Log Briquette Maker. We were quite intriqued by this concept and so asked her where to buy one. Of course you can get these on line but last week we were wandering around our local thrift store and it was like a double take…. there it was waving at us, buy me ! Anyway, once home we started to rip the newspapers apart, soak them thoroughly and proceed to make briquettes. OH, I do like new gadgets !

The paper soaking.

Go on, give it a good squeeze.

Ta Da !

The start of our self sustainable fuel. They may not be perfect yet but we are adapting our technique, maybe shredding the paper so that it’s alot finer. We are also considering getting a shredder (run from our sustainable energy) so that we can use shredded willow leaves and bark from our willow wood which is being increased seasonally.

By the end of the day I had made about 40 logs, and it wasn’t a very long day at that. They are stacked up in the workshop to dry thoroughly, although a few were placed near to the range to dry quickly so that we could try them out and see if they were successful. They were.

We hope you all have a very Happy Samhain from ‘The Willows’.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. treadlemusic
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 14:09:47

    Years ago, when we had newspapers to dispose of and were burning wood, we made the paper into logs through a similar process. Worked extremely well! Now, we have a very large outdoor wood furnace/boiler and years’ worth of “dead fall” trees surrounding us so our supply is back to the ‘wood’ variety! We, like you, always keep our eyes ‘peeled’ for such gizmos that make life so interesting!!!! Hugs, Doreen


  2. cecilia
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 18:29:13

    What a stunning idea, turning paper made from wood back into wood and burning it for heat.. a sustainable cycle.. good job.. c


  3. dayphoto
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 15:47:15

    Perfect! Now I need to find paper………………



  4. linniew
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 00:08:12

    I’ve seen papers just rolled tightly and tied with string– good for those of us with no patience or a right-now chilly house. Love the vintage Halloween card– do make merry!


  5. Bridget
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 19:10:24

    We got one of these in the V de P shop about 2 years ago. The woman was annoyed cause someone had put it in a bag of clothes. She did’nt know what it was and gave it to us for FREE!


  6. Anne Wilson
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 00:58:32

    I love the idea, saw them used years ago, but where do you get all the paper you need from?


  7. Willowarchway
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 13:06:12

    Hi Anne, we get all of our papers from the local re-cyle bin that’s usually overflowing. The only thing we dont use are magazines as these don’t burn too well.


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