Recycling Shredded Bills as Fireplace Kindling

Keep shredded paper out of the landfill. Create a fire by recycling shredded bills as fireplace kindling, this method makes building a warm fire fast and easy.

Let those old bills do double duty by using them to start your morning woodstove fire.

Let those old bills do double duty by using them to start your morning woodstove fire.

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Learn how recycling shredded bills as fireplace kindling makes a fast fire and disposes of old bills all at once.

Recycling Shredded Bills as Fireplace Kindling

I have found a way to recycle that also has solved some other problems.

The problem started because we heat our house with wood, and starting the stove in the morning was a pain and sometimes took longer than I had time for. So I started using our shredded bills instead of newspaper. I only need a handful or two to catch the leftover coals, and the bills take up less room than stacks of newspapers. It also keeps the shredded paper out of the landfills.

— Susan Hugel
Swanzey, New Hampshire

P.S. For anyone with small critters in the house, shredded bills also make wonderful bedding.