How to make fire logs out of sawdust

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How to make fire logs out of sawdust
Homemade fire logs are a healthier alterative to store-bought logs. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A fireplace is a lovely accent to a room with the added benefit of providing heat, but purchasing wood or fire logs can be expensive. Wood and store-bought fire logs can contain chemicals that are unhealthy for you and your family. Making fire logs from sawdust and wax is an easy and relatively safe alternative to purchasing them. With a few supplies that you probably already have on hand, it is easy to get started.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 1/2 cups sawdust
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable paraffin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Water for double boiler
  • Double boiler
  • Non-stick bread pan
  • Vegetable oil
  • Old spoon
  • Newspaper

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  1. 1

    Place 1/2 cup of water into the top of your double grill. Fill the bottom pan of the double grill with water. Place on the hob and turn the heat to medium. Add 2 1/2 cups of vegetable paraffin wax to the double grill. Allow the wax to melt, stirring occasionally with the wooden spoon.

  2. 2

    Oil the sides and bottom of the non-stick bread pan with vegetable oil. Pour the melted wax into the pan. Immediately stir in 1 1/2 cups of sawdust. Allow the mixture to cool and harden.

  3. 3

    Turn the bread pan over and gently shake to release the hardened wax and sawdust mixture. It will be in a log form from the shape of the bread pan. Wrap the log in newspaper before using in your fireplace.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also place this mixture in egg cartons and cut them into individual fire starters instead of large logs.

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