Wood based fire logs has many advantages, it’s cheap, it can burn very hot and it is easy to find. Unfortunately, burning wood isn’t very sustainable because it means cutting down trees and trees provide oxygen. There is a very simple solution to this and that is to make your own DIY fire logs out of materials you have already used such as paper.

Before I talked about the Junk Press which allows for people to create bowls and plates out of junk mail and now I will talk about how people can make fire logs out of junk mail and used paper. This brilliant DIY idea was seen over at Survivopedia which is a website with helpful tips and pieces of advice when planning for disaster. Here is how to make fire logs out of paper!


  • 3/4” to 1” diameter dowel rod about 24” long
  • Leftover newspaper or junk mail
  • 5 gallon bucket

The first step is to place your newspaper or leftover junk mail into the 5 gallon bucket. You will want to keep the paper folded into sections, if possible. Now you will want to pour water into the buckets and you should pour enough to completely cover the amount of paper in the bucket. Let the paper sit in the bucket in water for about 2 hours, to completely soak the paper.

For this part you will want to be standing next to a sink or a water proof surface. Carefully take the first wet section of paper out of the bucket and place onto a flat surface. I suggest using the counter next to the sink. Now, take the dowel rod and place it about one inch down from the top of the paper. Place the rod closer to the one end of the paper, so it is easier to push off once you are finished.

Roll the dowel rod down the wet paper while wringing out the excess water. Once you have about 2-3 inches of the paper rolled, shape it into a log like shape. Squeeze the log with your hands to wring out even more excess water. Now, you will want to carefully pull the dowel rod out of the middle of the wet paper log, without compromising the shape of your log.

The final step in this project is to completely dry out your paper logs. The ideal space for this is in a shed where the temperature and breeze can help to air dry them. If you do not have a shed, any covered area or anything that will keep them off the ground can do the trick. The logs should take about a week and a half to completely dry out.

Having your own fire logs is a great way to recycle unwanted paper and keep warm. Even if you are not someone who plans for disaster, this fool-proof fire starter could be used for any type of camp out. Comment below with any comments, suggestions or questions you may have and as always thanks for taking the time to read our blog!