For Jacinta (2)
07 January 2010 00:32:32
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.