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Fringe Benefit of Having a Wood Burner

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jacktheknife, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Jacktheknife

    Jacktheknife Minister of Fire

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    We have been picking up all the newspapers from the recycling bin at out local post office and "rolling" paper logs with them. The logs burn for about have an hour and seem to burn pretty clean when mixed in with a load of wood. Anyway, the old lady just reported that we saved over 20 percent on groceries this fortnight thanks to the coupons that she found in said papers.

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  2. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Interesting benefit. Every penny counts these days. Didn't there used to be a "log rolling" contraption for doing this? I can't recall...
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  3. Jacktheknife

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    Yeah, there are brick makers that are like a press and log makers that are basically Pvc pipe and a tamp. I made a version of the latter and use it for dry paper logs. I usually make about ten of them in front of the fire whilst the house warms.
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    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for that sanity check - my memory is pretty fuzzy.

    I'm always dragging some stuff out for the recycle bins - not a lot but maybe enough to make a couple of these logs. Any chance you could post a pic of your setup? I've never done this but migHt give it a shot, if they burn clean...
  5. Jacktheknife

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    Ok, here is a pic of the setup itself. When I get home this afternoon I will post some pics of it at work.
    2012-12-07_06-21-15_531.jpg

    I also make "wet" rolled logs by soaking cardboard and newspaper in a tote overnight. I then lay the cardboard out in a taper pattern 2 foot wide by 5-6 feet long. I then place a couple layers of newspaper on top and roll the whole thing up tightly around a broom stick. Stack them in the sun and let them dry in the wind the rest of the summer. I stop making these in september.
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  6. bag of hammers

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    Thanks Jack - looks pretty simple - but even simple things throw me a bit these days :confused:. Kudos for the recycling approach, and getting some heat out of it.

    A pic of one being rolled would be great. Make it a "fatty".... ;lol
  7. Jacktheknife

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    Yep, it pretty easy once you get used to it. I will make one with a papertowel roll too to show you a true fatty.
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    i have heard and read that i am not suppose to burn anything with color ink in my stove. Also with a cat stove i dont want fly ash, how much is there if any?
    I also heard that your not suppose to burn carboard i nyour stove due to the glues that are used in it possibly over fireing in your stove, dont see how a few pieces of cardboard can get hotter than a load of aok but???
  9. Adios Pantalones

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    If you have the papers that you'd throw out/recycle anyway- then go for it. Otherwise- I could split a lot of wood in that time.

    (would be a fun project for kids, I think)
  10. Jacktheknife

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    I am not getting fly ash from these paper logs, once they get going they look like actual logs burning-- but I heard you werent supposed to burn such "trash" in a cat stove because they honeycomb plugs up quicker. I haven't worried about coloured ink, but I do avoid the shinny adverts. Menards ad burns well. I save the comics for xmas wrapping paper and the kids get a couple extra gifts-- they seem to like the arrangement, I know I did as a kid!
  11. Jacktheknife

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    We are kind of in a tight spot after getting our stove in and having little fuel and no truck. I have been scrounging for anything I can burn, in fact today after work I am heading over to pick up a car-full of drop-offs, mostly oak. They are small but burn very well and are free. I try to hit them up once or twice a week, would go more but they are a bit out of the way.

    But tomorrow my brother and I are headed out in his truck to get some more wood, hoping to luck into some dead-dry wood. The kids love making the logs and they will take over the wet log production.
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  12. Adios Pantalones

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    Good deal.

    Hey- I'm a fan of both Queen and of Futurama, so I love the avatar
  13. Jacktheknife

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    Then you must be a very bright individual, they are both very "smart" sources of entertainment.
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    I'm going to create my own Queen cover band, except mine will have blackjack and hookers...
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    I fit both criteria - an armload of newspapers that would otherwise be going out to the bin. And I'm a big kid at heart :). Yeah I'm not sure I'd need to turn it into a production, but it would be kinda interesting to roll one up (the fire log, that is) just for fun. I like Jacktheknife's perseverance and problem-solving attitude too.
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    In fact, forget the black jack. And the band.
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    Thanks Hammer-boy-- kid at heart, right! It kind of sucks that most of the wood I am cutting won't be usable until next year, but I am not going to let my family go cold, and I certainly am not going to buy the electric company another fleet of helicopters, or whatever they spend my money on.
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    hmmm - I think you may have just answered your question around what the electric co spends your $ on...
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    No, that can't be right-- they like making their customers their bitches.
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    I'm not sure if the colored paper is just a masking problem or if it can actually "poison" the cat (ruin it?) I don't want to replace a 100-300 dollar combustor if I can possibly avoid it...
  21. Jacktheknife

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    I hear that Schrödinger make a pretty good cat, problem is it is always poisoned and not poisoned until you actually check it out.
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  22. Jacktheknife

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    But really, I wouldn't suggest burning trash in a cat stove, there is too much expense at stake.
  23. bag of hammers

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    Opening the "cat" housing _g (yes I have one of these)

    edit - i know nothing about Schrödinger or quantum physics, but I do know the "cat" is a great "executive decision maker"

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9cb/?srp=1.

    [​IMG]
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    The red stick in your pic looks like dynamite... :eek:
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  25. Jacktheknife

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    I kept almost burning the dowel as kindling so I decided to mark it. I had a lot of chinese red left over after painting the boat.

    remember that pallet company I mentioned? Check out some of today's scrounge.
    2012-12-07_15-48-53_390.jpg
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