There are several methods to making newspaper logs. Many of these methods involve wetting the newspapers and rolling them on a broom handle etc. This was not for me. It sounded hard, and too messy. I found another method that works well. I can fold them in the evening after the children go to bed.
1. Start with one section of the newspaper, lay it on a flat surface.
2. Fold it in half lengthwise now you have a long slender rectangle measuring approx 21" x 6"
3. Fold it in half width wise now you should have a section of paper measuring approx 6" x 10.5"
4. Make five or six of these
5. Stack them up one on top of another turning every other layer over. (alternating cut edges and folded edges). This makes for easier rolling and lighting later on.
6. Roll this stack of folded newspapers into a tight log about 2-3 inches thick
7. Tie the log on each end, you can use strips of cotton t-shirt, string, or a thin wire
8. Store in a dry place until ready to burn.
As an added note, use only the regular newsprint pages. Do not use the glossy ads. Do not use plastic, nylon, rayon. or other synthetics for tying the logs.
A regular daily edition of the newspaper will make 1-2 logs. Sunday/ Special editions will make 2-4
Four newspaper logs will last about 1 hour for heating. They produce about the same heat equivalent of a similar sized stick of wood.
This is a great project for children. You could make a bunch of logs and donate to those who may be in need.