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I need to know where I went wrong.

Pulped a bunch of mixed paper and using the brick maker I made bricks. Since I live in the desert and was doing this during the summer. It usually took three days on the rack outside for the bricks to be dried.

Made a big stack of them and stored in the garage and now that winter I tried them in the fireplace.

I laid a brick on two pieces of fatwood* and lit it up. Barely nothin. Sometimes they smolder usually they just singe. Three tries with three different bricks. All duds.

Where did I go wrong?

Fatwood if you are not familiar is a sap heavy wood and I can use three 6X3/4X3/4 pieces and it will start a split log burning. Burns hot for about 5min.
 

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maybe you compressed them too tightly, your fat wood has that pine sap to help it along. Perhaps theres no room for fuel or oxygen. Try using a log-roller for newspapers and bind them with wire, works pretty good for me. Hope this helps. Good luck and kind regards,

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I haven't made any yet but have been wanting to. I've been reading up on this and watching some videos and all I gave found recommend mixing the paper and water with an organic substance like sawdust, leaves, grass clippings and so forth. You maight try this if you didn't
 
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