This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Compressed Paper Bricks – Update I

When I wrote the blog post about making compressed paper bricks, I mentioned that it will be interesting to see how they work.

So, we’ve tried them, and here is a video of the results!


And here’s our stack of them:

Stack of Compressed Paper Bricks

Thanks again to the Lord for the idea, and His continued provisions, both spiritually and temporily.

— David


  1. Michelle Bishop, CNC

    I'm just curious if the paper bricks are made from "safe" paper – paper untreated for dyes or other chemicals. I've seen the corn cob bricks used for heat in wood stoves and that made sense (minus that corn can be heavily pesticided). I saw a boiler system using the paper bricks and I thought that was probably good since it wasn't a direct heat source for the living space where I would be breathing. I have asthma. What are your thoughts?

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Michelle,

    I would think most scrap paper has some form of ink on it. And I believe cardboard containers that have food items in them have chemicals to keep moisture away from the food, and those are probably pretty bad if inhaled, but I really have no idea as to the effect of those things. Still though, for the most part, I don't think we're really breathing the smoke as it goes out the chimney, but that might not be good enough for some folks, and I also don't want to appear to be giving medical advice regarding something like this.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.

    — David

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