By Paul C H Smith
DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has estimated that each person in the United Kingdom sends around 300kg of household waste to landfill each year, of that under 40% is going on to be recycled. Much of the waste ending up on the landfill sites is used newspapers, cereal boxes, junk mail and envelopes that people simply can't be bothered to sort into the correct recycling bin for collection. This could all be converted into free heating using the paper log maker, and it will also contribute thus reducing landfill and helping to lower your usual heating costs. Estimates show that each household could create around five hundred paper logs just from the waste we send to landfill each year.
There are several different types of log maker. The most popular is the wet fill model. The all metal construction has two levers and a removable well. Using the paper log maker is a simple process. Wet the newspapers, junk mail, envelopes etc. by placing them into a large bowl, bucket or drum full of water. Once they start to break down, lift them out and squeeze to get rid of any excess water. Then place the soggy paper into the paper log maker's well. Once full, press the handles to squeeze out any excess moisture and create the brick shape log.
The 'dry' fill paper log maker is shaped like a bicycle pump. Pull out the plunger, shred the waste paper and push into the tube. Once full replace the plunger and press to form a small tube shaped log. These logs don't burn for as long as the larger, wet making version, but can last up to thirty minutes on an established fire.
It's a good idea to continue to use the newspaper log maker through the summer months when you are not using your fire, as this will ensure you have a good stock of dry paper logs available once the colder weather returns. A garage, shed or other outbuilding makes an ideal storage area.
There are various types of paper log makers including wet and dry filling, heavy duty and multiple log makers.
For further details please visit PaperLogMaker.co.uk
Paul C H Smith
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