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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

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For Jacinta (2)

07 January 2010 00:32:32
Log maker

Log maker

The thing-y is called a paper log maker.  Normally, you will see it for sale during the summer months.  I got mine in Argos for about E25. 

You tear up a newspaper into strips and soak in water.  When soft, make balls of the paper and put into the log maker.  Fill in the gaps as well as possible.  The handles on the log maker will squeeze out a considerable amount of water.  Empty it and leave the paper log to dry.  

They do take quite a while to dry - depending of the size of them to begin with and their storage spot while drying.  Once they are dry, just store with the normal fuel for the fire.   They can be burned in any type of fire - I used some of mine in my fireplace when I am heading out somewhere and I know the fire will not be looked after in my absence.  They tend to keep the fire going, without flaring BUT they were not completely dry.  

In the chimenea, I use small sticks to get them going.  

Hope that's of use.


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J.D. J.D. 07 January 2010 06:20:21

Great Mairin. I just have to show this to Steve. Thanks a million for that.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 07 January 2010 11:11:41

Looks interesting if you had a sufficent supply of paper amazing the gadgets we can get today.


J.D. J.D. 07 January 2010 11:13:29

I think it in an excellent way of re-cycling paper. Definitely worth looking into.


Liz.M Liz.M 07 January 2010 14:56:09

All of our paper goes into the compost bins... and there is a lot of it!  especially after Christmas.  This is the first year in a long time that the bin men didn't get stacks of additional recycling paper along with the regular bin.  Nice idea though - thought that gadget would be hugely expensive - am sure I  seen it on TV for an enormous amount of money - you got a bargain!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 January 2010 19:45:24

No waste in any way Mairin, and at €25 well worth it.


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