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Good Selections Paper Log Maker


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  • Eco friendly way to recycle your waste paper, magazines and light cardboard
  • Save money by making your own logs for free fuel
  • Heavy duty all-steel construction
  • Easy and fun to use
  • Logs will burn for up to 2 hours
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Technical Details
Part Number SMD00467
Item Weight2.7 Kg
Product Dimensions34 x 17.6 x 16.2 cm
Item model numberSMD00467
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Required?No
Weight2.7 kilograms
  
Additional Information
ASINB000MLS09K
Best Sellers Rank 28,004 in DIY & Tools (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 Kg
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Date First Available10 Jan 2007
  
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The Good Selections Paper Log Maker is perfect for making your own free fuel.

Simply soak your old newspapers, magazines and light cardboard, fill the log maker, compress and leave to dry. Each finished log will burn for up to 2 hours with no toxic fumes and leaves minimal ash.

Stock up on logs during the Summer for use in the Winter.

This improved design log maker is manufactured from heavy duty steel and will withstand the pressure of compressing the wet paper - without bending, buckling or twisting. The all steel construction is powder coated and has been finished to a high standard for a lifetime of use.

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  • 1 x Good Selections Paper Log Maker
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    138 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith on 14 Feb 2010
    Works quite well. I've made (and burned) several dozen briquettes now with this device. It has lasted ok, though I found that I can push the sieve through the bottom if I put my entire weight on it... Standing on a board on the handles. Y'know to get the last of the water out. I may have to go heavy duty.

    Some observations.

    * 2 hours burning time? A bit optimistic. 1 hour is more realistic.
    * Little ash? Meh, most paper produces a lot of ash compared to wood.
    * Minimum of a week, more like 2-3 weeks to dry the briquettes.
    * They glow red, not bright orange. Wood *is* better. Wood is higher density than the briquettes this device can produce though.

    I've been experimenting with different techniques for briquette production.

    1. Shredding. I'm not convinced this is a good idea. Think about how we want it to burn. From the outside in. If you shred the paper it leaves many air gaps into the briquette. I've found that shredded paper briquettes tend to burn for a short time on the outside, then the flame goes into the centre of the briquette and you get smouldering instead.

    2. Soaking time. Minimum of 3 days. A week is more like it. You unfortunately also get bacterial growth and strange smells though if you leave it longer.

    3. Bleach. Does appear to help break up the paper fibres and produce a pulp. Also kills bacteria.

    4. Use a wooden board on top of the handles to press down. Saves the hands.

    5. Pulping the paper. So far I have found that the better briquettes were produced by destroying the paper structure entirely, so it's turned into a pulp. e.g. soaked for a week, with bleach, then use a hand drill & whisking implement to turn the paper back into pulp in the bucket.
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    221 of 226 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Edwards on 29 Jan 2007
    I have one of these briquetter make. I didn't buy it from this supplier but as far as I can tell from the photograph it is exactly the same as mine (made in China). It works quite well but can be dangerous as the sharp edges of the components have not been removed (they weren't on mine). If you slip, and you can because the handles can flex laterally, you are likely to cut yourself -I did; and I should know better being a retired Design and Technology teacher.

    What I did to make the briquette maker safe was to take a fairly smooth file and remove the sharp edges and round off the corners.

    In use your newspaper, it will work with cardboard and other flammable materials - like leaves, needs to be well soaked. With care you do not have to leave it to dry. But if you do leave it for several hours, the briquette can be removed and placed elsewhere to dry. Don't try to make the briquettes too large as the handles have a limited amount of power to compress the paper etc.
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Stead on 5 April 2009
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    In truth I do not have a glowing report to write.

    Whilst the Briquette Maker is made for sound purpose and intent, I found that the insert used to push down and drain the paper was very flimsy. It bent out of shape on the first use.

    I have raised the issue with the seller, but as yet have received no feedback. I am not sure if my experience is endemic or a one-off. Perhaps future reviews may reveal this.
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    52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Comical Engineer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec 2008
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    Not as good as the makers would have you believe, mainly due to slightly flimsy construction. If you squeeze too hard you'll bend it.

    Having used this, I reckon that it would be fairly easy to knock one up from some scrap wood and hence any competent DIYer would be well advised to do this instead of spending on this product.

    Note that the briquettes you make will take 3-7 days to dry out properly depending where you leave them. If you leave them on top of a radiator they will dry fairly quickly but this seems a waste of energy. Best leave them on a shelf in the garage until you need them.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By sandrew997 on 4 May 2011
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    So

    I bought this after reading the reviews and thinking this will help me save money, use up papers i usually recycle and reduce waste.

    However

    First attempt: my wife and i ripped up some paper soaked it in water and left it a few days, then used the squasher. After some sore hands and using gloves the first attempt cane out. Not good as nothing stuck well together.

    Second attempt we then added a hand power drill and a plasterers mixing dril. This made the paper into a mash. Excellent we thought we could now cram even more paper itno the squasher. I then turned the squasher upside down and stood on it to get maximum effect (14 Stones of it). I added more paper until i could not phisically fit anymore into it and vowala we had our first decent paper brick. So after a month of letting it dry we thought its cold lets try them.

    what a disappointment, 30 minutes later we had burned two of the good bricks. Also they create a lot more ash the burning wood so cause more ash waste than normal. The fire we usually empty once a week in winter and had to do it twice in four days using the paper bricks.

    So we started of with a good thing using a old green bin with a rainwater attachment so we didnt use any tap water (saves the environment more), lots of paper, time to rip the paper up (or use a shredder), time to squash the paper and time to let them dry, even though for £20 we thought this would help, WE WERE WRONG.

    This takes a lot of time and causes a lot of waste ash. I wont be using it again and will recycle the paper for better use now.

    I wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

    Hope this helps you choose.

    Kind regards

    Andrew
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