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Create An Inexpensive, Safe Fuel For Your Wood Stove Using Recycled Paper

by Celina Simpson

If you are looking for an inexpensive, safe fuel to burn in your wood stove, then recycled paper is ideal. You can easily create flammable wood stove "pies" from paper and an all-natural binder you can make yourself. Just follow the simple directions below:

Supplies and materials you will need

  • Five-gallon plastic buckets (quantity of 2)
  • Gallon-size plastic milk jug
  • Funnel
  • Electric drill with 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Newspaper and other appropriate waste paper
  • White flour
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Paper shredder
  • Saw
  • Utility knife
  • Cinder block
  • Wax paper
  • Long wooden dowel

How to make your wood stove pie – step-by-step

1. Make the binder – the binder holds the paper pies together and makes the finished product much harder and more durable. It is non-toxic, and it has an added bonus of creating a pleasant baked bread smell while the pieces are burning.

To make the binder, combine 6 cups of warm tap water with 2 cups of white flour suitable for baking. Add ¾- cup of sugar and thoroughly stir the mixture until all lumps of flour and sugar are dissolved into the water. Insert a funnel into a clean plastic milk jug, and carefully pour the mixture into it.

2. Build your press bucket – for this process, one bucket is used to hold the paper and binder while the other is used to compress the mixture. The press bucket contains several holes that will conveniently allow you to drain excess binder fluid.

To make the press bucket, turn over one of the five-gallon buckets and drill ¼-inch holes approximately one inch apart from one another. Space the holes out all across the bottom of the bucket so they are evenly distributed. After drilling, use a utility knife to remove any burs or excess bits of plastic.

3. Shred the paper – newspaper is ideal for creating wood-stove pies, but you can also use most other types of paper including junk mail and copier paper. However, do not use plastic of any kind, including the transparent windows found on envelopes, and avoid using heavily-painted or coated paper that might release unpleasant substances during burning.

To begin, shred the paper using an electric paper shredder. If you don't have a paper shredder, then you can use scissors or tear the paper apart into strips by hand. Pile shredded paper inside the intact plastic five-gallon buckets, and periodically push the press bucket you made in step 2 into the paper until you can no longer easily compress it; at that point, stop adding shredded paper.

4. Add the binder to the paper – pour the binder into the bucket with the shredded paper until it is just saturates the paper; do not add too much, or it will make the wood-stove pie difficult to dry. Stir the mixture with a long wooden dowel until all the paper is completely wet and mixed with the binder.

5. Compress the paper and binder – for this step, it's best to work outside since there will be some mess involved. Reinsert the press bucket, and push it firmly downward into the paper and binder. Excess binder will ooze through the holes; invert the buckets to permit the fluid to drain from the buckets. Place a cinder block on the bottom of the upside-down buckets to maintain compression on the paper and binder. Allow the apparatus to sit undisturbed for 2 hours, and thereafter periodically check to see if any additional draining has occurred.

6. Remove the press and wood stove pie from the bucket – after the binder has stopped draining, remove the press bucket. Carefully remove the still-wet wood stove pie from the bucket and set it on wax paper to dry. Set the pie and paper aside in a dry, well-ventilated space, and leave it undisturbed for one week before moving to the next step. Wash the bucket and press with warm water and dish soap to remove the binder.

7. Cut the pieces of the pie – once the wood stove pie is dry, you can cut it into smaller wedge-shaped  pieces with a saw if you desire. Use an electric chop saw or a crosscut saw to create halves or quarters from the pie. Store the finished pieces in a dry location until they are ready to be burned. Be sure to check with a wood burning stove professional to make sure that this will be safe in your stove.

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