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Dulley's Money-Saving Tip #1034

Make your own newspaper logs

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Don't throw your old newspapers away if you have a wood burning fireplace. You can use old newspapers to replace some of the wood that you would normally burn in your fireplace. You cannot burn an all newspaper log fire because some of the essential fire-burning components of wood are removed during the paper making process. Using all newspaper logs will just smolder. Use a maximum of two newspaper logs for each real log.

The easiest method to make newspaper logs is to roll the newspaper by hand and tying it with a piece of string. Then wrap the middle and each end with wire to keep it rolled while it burns. Do not use the magazine sections with a lot of color ink on them.