How to Make Fire Logs from Newspaper: Step-by-Step
1. Soaking & Preparation
Fill the bucket with water and stick inside 3 or 4 folded up newspapers (less if you're using smaller than a 5 gallon bucket). Use only actual black and white newspaper, removing all glossy inserts and pages with colored ink. Leave them in there to soak for 24 hours.
After that time has elapsed bring all the materials out to a space with a flat surface that you don't mind getting wet. A concrete patio or cement driveway would work perfectly.
2. Laying & Pressing
Once the newspaper is soaked, pull it out from the bucket and lay each one out flat. Then press heavily on all parts of each newspaper to squeeze out as much excess water as you can. Flip the newspapers over and repeat the process. For best fire log rolling you want your newspapers thoroughly damp but not dripping wet.
3. Forming the Logs
Lay the broomstick down across one of the shorter edges of the newspaper, lining up the tip of the broomstick with one of the corners. A stack of newspapers 2" thick will form a fire log about the same size as the artificial fire starter logs you can buy in the store (ie. Duraflame). Roll the newspaper and the broomstick together, wrapping the newspaper tightly around the broomstick and pressing out any excess water as you do so. Use as much pressure as you can, as the tighter the fire logs are rolled, the longer they will burn.
Once the entire newspaper is rolled and the seam pressed tightly to the log, set the broomstick down with the tip bearing one edge of the log against the ground. Press on the uppermost edge of the log as you carefully pull the broomstick up and out, separating it from the log. Set the broomstick aside and shape the log, pressing down on both ends to neaten them and secure them as best as possible from fraying or separating.