How to make fireplace logs from sawdust

Updated February 21, 2017

Shop-bought fireplace logs repurpose scraps of flammable, recyclable material for keeping your home warm and your hearth glowing with a pleasant orange heat. One such material, commonly found in home wood workshops, is sawdust. Commercially-made fireplace logs are made from this, parrafin wax and paper, all materials that are easy to obtain and work with if you want to make your own burning logs. Save a few trees and give yourself a reliable, tidy fire with minimal effort.

Pour sawdust into the bread pan. Compress the sawdust. Fill the pan two-thirds full with the sawdust packed firmly.

Melt the parraffin. Grate or finely chop the wax into a microwaveable dish. Heat in the microwave on "high" for a minute at a time until the wax becomes a clear liquid. Use a 118 ml (1/2 cup) of wax for each log you want to make.

Pour the parraffin into the bread pan. Add enough to fill the pan almost to the top, leaving a 8 mm (1/3 inch) of space unfilled. Stir the mixture with the wooden spoon to thoroughly mix the sawdust and wax.

Let the wax harden for 20 minutes.

Wrap the log in a sheet of double-panelled (two-page) newspaper. Overturn the bread pan into the centre of the page. Shake it slightly, if necessary, to help the newly formed log slide onto the newspaper. Wrap the paper around the log in a cylindrical shape, resembling the wrapping on a sweet. Light the paper when using the log to help the log catch fire.

Things You'll Need

  • Sawdust
  • Old bread pan
  • Paraffin wax
  • Microwaveable container
  • Wooden spoon
  • Old newspaper
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Lauren Vork has been a writer for 20 years, writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in "The Lovelorn" online magazine and Vork holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from St. Olaf College.