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Eko -Mania Newspaper Log Maker - Black

by eko-mania
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • The perfect way to recycle waste paper and save money
  • Sturdy all-steel construction
  • Easy and safe to use
  • Logs will burn as well as wood for up to an hour at a controlled rate in a fire grate or stove
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Technical Details
Part Number E-M1020
Item Weight3 Kg
Product Dimensions30 x 12 x 16 cm
Item model numberE-M1020
ColourBlack
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Weight3 kilograms
  
Additional Information
ASINB00177X5YS
Best Sellers Rank 26,704 in DIY & Tools (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 Kg
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Date First Available4 April 2008
  
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Box Contains

  • 1 x Eko-mania Newspaper Log Maker
  • Instructions for use

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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    Firsty, this is a robust bit of kit. It has a satisfying weight to it and doesn't buckle when you push the handles down. I agree that they could be a bit more comfortable and can dig in a little but it isn't too bad. Using a wood burning stove thoughtout the winter we can get through a fair few logs. This is a great way of saving a little on those and getting rid of loads of the paper I seemed to be getting rid of every month. Not only that but it gets used to get rid of those shredded documents. In fact, I tend to shred plenty of non confidential stuff as well as I find the logs made from shredded paper come out much better. I've had some of the larger ones I have made this way burn for over an hour!

    It can be a faff to make them and you are better off using a bigger bucket(s) to soak more paper in one go so you make lots of bricks in one job lot. It saves setting up each time. I'll be working on making a stack over the summer to stock up for next winter. I look forward to the fast drying times as a wet winter can mean these can take a couple of weeks to dry in the garage.
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    At first it really worked well, the bricks were made and after drying they burn for about 1 to 1.5h in a woodburner. After using the log maker for a while (about 3 sessions and about 40 paper bricks later) the structure of the machine begins to buckle under the pressure and it became useless. Am not sure now if I should invest in a new (better) machine or just forget about it and stick with logs...
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    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good as the Green One 30 July 2008
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    Before making our purchase we read the reviews of other buyers. Although one or two people experienced difficulties, the general consensus was favourable. When trawling trough the Amazon site to see what other products were available we spotted the black model made by the same manufacturer. Apart from the colour, it was identical to the apparently more popular green one and it was on special offer. We have not been disappointed by our choice.

    The product comes with straightforward instructions. It is a simple press designed to squeeze water from (mainly) wet newspaper and leave brick-shaped blocks for burning once they have dried. It is not part of a Rolls Royce engine so a degree of crudeness in its design and a small amount of mess with paper debris are inevitable. But it is robust and does the job it is intended for without fuss.

    One criticism is the design of the handles. These do dig into one's hands when squeezing out the water. I made up a couple of add-ons from rigid plastic tubing cut open lengthwise, slipped over the originals and bound with duck tape. These made a big difference. Five stars would have been awarded if the manufacturer had included a couple of professionally-moulded items in the first place.

    When using newspapers, don't cut/tear them too small and don't let them steep until they disintegrate and form a porridge - some will certainly ooze through the holes. Pieces a few inches square, well saturated, work fine. Shredded junk mail can be added to the mix.

    The briquettes do take a while to dry. We stock ours in the garden shed and some made in September were still slightly damp a month later. Maybe 2008 wasn't a vintage year for making them but the chiminea will be put to good use in the autumn.
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    39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars briquette maker 30 July 2008
    By bricky
    very easy to make,if you first fit newspaper in base,bottom and sides,with enough to cover top later,fill with your newspaper,then cover,when you press down and remove,you will have a completely encased brick.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin! 26 Nov 2008
    Solid piece of kit really - no bending or bulging evident.
    Handles havent caused any difficulties as reported but I did use my feet once to help lift out the briquette.
    I lined the container with a double sheet of dry newspaper first and this contained the pulp and provided a nice finish, easy to handle.
    In future I will just tear up newsprint and only shred the glossy supplements etc. as the newsprint does break down quicker.
    So now I just need to wait until they dry.
    So it's back to - rip, tear, shred and soak!
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good kit but is it worth it? 15 Dec 2009
    By Ken B
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    brick maker is fine and can be stood on to force out the water. Arms have bent a bit over the course of a couple of hundrd bricks. BUT it takes sooo much time you have to have time on your hands, shredding \ soaking and then loading and squeezing. And creates quite a mess of bits of paper etc. over time. I'm waiting for the giant hydraulic version please!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Eko-Mania Paper Log maker 10 Jun 2009
    I had previously owned a cheaper log make and found it not very good but this one is excellant as you can really press the excess water out.When dry it burns very well.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Eko-mania log maker 24 Sep 2010
    By Robert
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    Not bad for the price, the sides do tend to bow out if you put a little too much paper in them, if that happens you have to scrape off paper from the bottom and sides before you make a new brick.

    People seem to have trouble squeezing the bricks down, I've never had too much trouble, I do make sure the paper is well soaked though, the method I use is below.

    I rip the paper up in to around 25mm strips, put them in a large bucket, top up with water, mash around a bit, after an hour or so I give them a whirl with a mixer attached to a drill, the kind for mixing paint etc, this has two purposes, 1- to get the paper thoroughly wet and 2- to mash the paper up further, I mix it up two or three times a day over the next couple of days, the result is papier mache which is loads in to the brick maker easily and squashes down easily.

    I make the bricks in a large plastic tub I have, this confines the mess to that one tub and residue water with fine pieces of paper in gets thrown on to the compost heap.

    When I have a minute I'll make a video showing the process from start to finish.

    Bricks take around three weeks to dry out completely this time of year, once dried they last about an hour, I'm not sure they give much heat out compared to say coal, but I suppose it is recycling in it's own way.

    Is it worth doing, for the therapeutic value, Yes, for the money saving value, Not really.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars mmm, don't know if I'm doing something wrong but ...
    mmm, don't know if I'm doing something wrong but the bricks were dried in polytunnel over summer and still just produced mainly ash... not sure
    Published 4 days ago by pma
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Does what it's meant to
    Published 11 days ago by Andrew Jackson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Paper Bricks
    The dual handles make it easy to crush the pulp. I make about 5 bricks a week and will do more when I have more buckets to mash the paper in.
    Published 5 months ago by JimBob
    2.0 out of 5 stars log maker
    We bought this several years ago and you're still asking us to review it? Okay. Never used it, looks as if it's too fiddly and the paper logs seem somewhat small. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by John Patrick Lowery
    5.0 out of 5 stars newspaper log maker
    We started to make or logs straight away, we made loads all from old newspapers, all or neighbors keep their papers for us so they cost nothing, the logs burn for at least an hour... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by wickywok
    4.0 out of 5 stars log maker
    arrived on time,sensible price, ideal for the job does what it should and have used it to good effect, would recommend this to anyone who is interested
    Published 7 months ago by ray knight
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great boost to my ego!
    I had read the reviews and the negatives so I did wonder how effective it would be. I am quite impractical as a person! Read more
    Published 8 months ago by ANTHONYJBROWN
    4.0 out of 5 stars works well
    Arrived today,set about preparing some of the mountain of newspapers we have and the first ten logs were produced. we shall see how they burn at a later date.
    Published 9 months ago by greyman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Useful item
    Had this log maker for some time now it has proved durable. Does what it is supposed to. the only thing negative i find is that the handles dig into your hands when compressing the... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by mutly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Eko-mania log maker THUMBS UP
    Two thumbs up from Greece. I have already made more than 30 paper bricks and I mix it with a bit of chain saw dust. I dont know hpw durable it is but works gine for now!
    Published 11 months ago by pavlos
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