While junk mail may seem like nothing more than a nuisance to most of us, it's more valuable than you think. And, while recycling efforts do have a positive return in the long run, it sure would be nice to have a way to put all of this trash to good use instead of discarding it on a weekly basis.
Lucky for you, today we're sharing an easy, yet invaluable life hack that will allow you to put junk mail to use in an effective, efficient way. You only need a handful of tools—a couple of pails, a drill, an old saw blade, and some water. Using only these items, you can turn your unwanted mail into a fire fuel capable of heating a small building with an easy-to-learn DIY method. The clip below walks you through the entire process step by step so you can use it should you ever find yourself in a pinch.
WARNING: Cooking food over junk mail is hazardous. Only use this technique as a heat source, and assume responsibility for your actions when dealing with fire.
This may actually make us excited to see that lump of useless paper in the mailbox! Any time we can get free firewood or kindling, we jump at the opportunity. Sure, paper logs don't last as long as fire logs, and sawdust is probably still better kindling than paper. But, we have to go to work every day so why not do a little (very little in this case) work for ourselves?
This is a simple and straightforward way to make use of something we all take for granted. With a little effort and brain power, we could start having these "logs" drying out in no time! A few quick words of advice: there are many good cordless drills out there that have a lot of power. Any time you put a plugged-in drill and a pail of water together it could be dangerous.
Also, burning ads and paper that is heavily printed with colored chemicals is not good to cook over. Therefore, we do not recommend cooking food over these junk mail logs. But unlimited free fire starters sound pretty awesome for your fire pit, don't they?
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