How to Make Magazine Logs

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If you enjoy reading magazines, you know how quickly the stacks of magazines can pile up. Instead of throwing the magazines into the garbage, adding to already overflowing landfills, you can transform the magazines into rolls that can be used as logs in a fireplace or wood stove. You can make your own magazine rolls by following a few guidelines to ensure that the rolls will stay together tightly.


You can get rid of used magazines by turning them into fire logs.

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Things You'll Need

  • Magazines

  • Twine

  • Dish Pan

Step 1

Place 10 to 15 magazines into a dish pan.

Step 2

Fill the dish pan with hot water, and allow the water to penetrate the magazines for 10 minutes.


Step 3

Take the magazines out of the water and arrange them into a stack.

Step 4

Roll up the stack of magazines very tightly lengthwise.

Step 5

Tie a piece of twine tightly around the rolled magazines and allow the magazines to dry out completely. This can take about six to eight hours.

Step 6

Remove the twine before using the magazine roll in your fireplace or wood stove.


Magazines that contain pages that are highly glossy can contain noxious chemicals that should not be burned in a fireplace or woodstove. Use only magazines that contain standard matte pages.