Creative Reuse: Newspaper Brick Maker & Log Roller

Creative Reuse: Newspaper Brick Maker & Log Roller

Janel Laban
Aug 5, 2008

At this point, we are pretty much digital only when it comes to the news, but we know we are in the minority. So when we stumbled across these interesting, sorta old fashioned products we thought we'd post them for for those who get a daily paper AND have a working fireplace.

posted originally from: AT:Chicago

Both available from Lehman's, the products provide both a way to recycle newspapers and a source for heat when used in a fireplace - a thrifty proposition.

Here's what Lehmans says about the Brick Maker ($49.95):
A great way to recycle newspapers and an invaluable tool used in parts of the world where firewood is not readily available. Compressed wet newspaper dries into 81/2"x31/4" bricks that burn at the rate of about 4 per hour. Just soak newspaper (mix with sawdust and chopped grass if desired) and fill brick maker, then press down on handles. Remove brick and allow to dry, then use like wood in your stove.

...and the Log Roller ($37.95): Our newspaper log roller will give you a way to use up those old newspapers in a useful and constructive manner. Tightly wrapped newspaper burns slowly and provides extended periods of heat. Insert folded edge of paper into slot and start winding, once started, keep adding sections of newspaper until log is desired size (3 1/4"OD maximum), with practice a log can be rolled in about 5 minutes.

Has anyone used these? Do they work well? Please let us know in the comments - we've not seen them before and are very curious...

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