How to Make Newspaper Into Firewood

Turn a stack of newspapers into firewood.

Turn a stack of newspapers into firewood.

Those daily newspapers can pile up around the house. Sure, you can schlep them to the recycling center or use them to line the hamster’s cage, but with the price of heating your home these days, turning those stacks of papers into firewood presents a tantalizing possibility. This home recycling project requires some muscle and patience, and your results may vary. The key to success lies in rolling the paper tightly, soaking the bundle thoroughly and letting it dry completely. Depending on how much spare time you have, you may decide to make the trek to the recycling center with your papers and invest in a chain saw for cutting wood.

Items you will need

  • Gloves
  • Large tub
  • Water
  • Broom handle or dowel
  • String
  • Scissors

Step 1

Fill the tub with water and put on gloves. The gloves protect your hands from newspaper ink, which can rub off onto your skin as you work. Separate the papers into sheets. Submerge the sheets of newspaper into water.

Step 2

Remove a sheet of newspaper and let the excess water drip off. Spread the wet sheet of paper onto the floor or table. Lay the section of broom handle or dowel at the bottom of the paper and began rolling the paper tightly around the handle or dowel.

Step 3

Lay a second sheet of wet paper atop the first when you are 6 inches from the end of the first sheet. Continue rolling, overlapping the top and bottom 6 inches of each sheet of paper, until you have a wet newspaper “log” about 4 inches in diameter.

Step 4

Cut two 10-inch pieces of string. Wrap a piece of string around each end of the newspaper log and knot the ends.

Step 5

Slip the newspaper log from the broom handle/dowel and set the log aside to dry. Allow it to dry for several weeks or months.


  • The tighter the logs, the better they will burn. It’s easier to roll a tight log if two people work together.


  • Don’t use the colored sections of ads and magazines, as these could give off toxic chemicals.


About the Author

Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.

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