Q -- I saw an article a few months back on how to treat newspapers so that they could be used as logs for a fireplace. Did you write it, and if so, could you send me a copy?I am very interested in using my leftover papers for fuel.
A --- I didn't write the article you refer to, but I may be able to tell you what you need to know. The simplest thing is to just roll the paper into a tight cylindrical log, then bind it with two or three pieces of wire to keep it from unrolling.
There are various devices available with cranks for rolling newspaper logs, but you can do without them. Just take a few sheets and start rolling them into a tight cylinder. When they are about halfway wound up, slip in a few more sheets and roll them about halfway up. Keep rolling and adding paper until until you get a log about four or five inches in diameter.
Then tie with the wire. Some log-rolling instructions call for soaking the finished log in kerosene. That simply adds to the cost and wastes kerosene. Untreated paper logs will burn fine without soaking, through they are a bit harder than treated logs to get started.
Q -- I intend to build a wooden wardrobe to be put in my uninsulated garage. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to aoid mold on the clothing from dampness and keep field mice or rabbits away.
A -- Good tight construction should keep both the pests and excess humidity out. I'd suggest you frame the walls with 2 by 4s and staple up a polyethylene vapor barrier to the inner faces of the studs before you attach the finish wall material (drywall or paneling or whatever you choose). Use a prehung door, and add weatherstripping.
A very small dehumidifier will keep the wardrobe dry in summer, and moisture shouldn't present any problems during the winter. Some home "experts" recommend burning a light bulb in a closet to warm it and keep down humidity. If you go that route, be sure to arrange things so nothing flammable can get anywhere near the bulb. A lot of houses have burned down because closet light bulbs came in contact with clothing or paper.