The newspaper brick maker makes perfect sense for a home with a fireplace but not a lot of access wood for the fire. Turn your old newspapers into fuel for your fireplace with this ingenious device.
For a home with people that read newspapers regularly (i.e. elderly folk who grew up in a time when newspapers were one of the major news sources), they sure can pile up pretty quickly. In the space of a few months, you could end up with a stack of newspapers lining your study. Before now the only reasonable option would have been to throw them away or recycle them but now, you can get even more utility out of those old papers.
The newspaper brick maker takes in your old papers and presses them into bricks for your fireplace. With this you can save on the high cost of firewood or indeed the labor involved in cutting firewood. Whether it’s for your fireplace, a wood stove, fire pit or a grill, the bricks produced by this device will be effective in keeping the fire burning.
The process for creating bricks from newspaper is pretty easy. First soak the newspapers in water till it is thoroughly wet. This should take about 30 minutes, though you could soak them overnight if you wish. Once the papers are ready, load them into the brick maker till you form a nice, even load of soaked paper. Load the top sieve and then using the handles, press down on the paper as hard as you can to squeeze out the excess water. After that, you can remove the brick and place it on a flat surface in direct sunlight to allow it dry. Each press should leave you with a brick that’s about 8-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ in size.
For best results, you might want to shred the paper first before soaking it. If properly made, you should be able to burn about 4 bricks per hour. The newspaper brick maker is a great (and literal) house warming gift but in the event that it is unavailable, you should also check out this newspaper log roller which does just about the same thing, except that the end results are logs instead of bricks.