Just purchased the newspaper log roller from Lehman’s and gave it a try. My kids have a paper route so it seemed a good idea….
The instructions to assembly the roller and then burn the log leave a lot to be desired! It took over 30 minutes for my daughter and I, plus my drill to figure it out and get it together, but that’s a different subject, and I digress.
When we tried to burn our first log the outside layer edge caught but quickly went out and the log just smoldered. I would light it over and over, but the only way for it to burn was for me to sit there and unwrap it as it burned. Very unsatisfactory. So I did a Google search on newspaper logs and found all bad news! Seems they won’t ‘burn’ on their own. They need a real-log to burn them, and then the extra ashes made from the paper can interferer with the wood coals causing the fire not to maintain it’s self as well as it would without the added newspaper log – Oy!
We burn in a Fireplace for a few hours at night to help heat the main room of the house. I do not run a fire overnight so I don’t need a slow burn.
I haven’t found anyone who has ‘Mastered’ the burning of these logs, taming the problems and making them worth one’s time –
So I’m making a plea…. for someone with a ‘good-experience’ at newspaper log burning to share your tips! Or I just wasted $47, and now days that is very painful for a mother of two.