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Raquel

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What do you all use for a shredder? We used to have a heavy duty cross-cut shredder that would shred like 25 pages at a time. The trouble was that it weighed a ton and took up 2/3 of the basement. I've been looking for a new shredder, a cross-cut shredder, to shred certain documents while on the road. For the next 8 months we're good because Trish takes the documents to work but that won't be available after the end of the year. Can anyone help?

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Don't have any idea about the name but it is a small one that just sits on top of a trash can. It takes very little room and never fails to work. We went to all on-line statements and payments when we went full-time so we get very little stuff that we have to shred.

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Don't have any idea about the name but it is a small one that just sits on top of a trash can. It takes very little room and never fails to work. We went to all on-line statements and payments when we went full-time so we get very little stuff that we have to shred.

Same with us. We have no regular bills, account statements, or other personal data that comes in paper form today. We do still get a few tax related documents on paper and occasional other things that we shred, but very little.

 

I don't like burning paper in a campfire because of the problem of bits of burning paper that can float away.

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We have a ShredSafe cross-cut shredder. It comes with it's own waste basket. I don't remember where we got it, though...probably someplace like Staples. We also have a hand-held shredder that is battery operated. I don't have it available to me right now in order to see what brand it is; however, it is not a cross-cut shredder.

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I don't like burning paper in a campfire because of the problem of bits of burning paper that can float away.

 

Besides, you have to have a campfire to do this. Although we spend most of our time boondocking, we are not campfire people, so wouldn't have anyplace to burn papers.

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Why I bring this up is because of something that happened yesterday. Like many, we too have gone to electronic almost everything. However, we still get junk mail, like credit card offers. Usually I bring things like that home and Trish takes them to work or, I ask the person working in the office to shred it for me. Yesterday the only piece of mail we got was a credit card offer. I asked the woman in the office to shred it for me. She grabbed it out of my hand, tore it into 4 pieces and tossed it into the trash. And, she got huffy when I asked for the pieces out of the trash. Maybe we're too vigilant, but we don't let anything out into "the wild" that has our names, addresses, account numbers, our phone numbers, or anything that can in any way identify us. We even tear the labels off stuff we order from Amazon and shred them.

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If its just a few pieces - blender or food processor. First dry to get down to small pieces, then add a bit of water to make a slurry.

 

At this point you can simply discard the slurry or you can pour into the toe of a half pair of nylons, squeeze real tight and let dry. You now have a fire starter brick. You could even shave a bit of wax into the slurry to decrease the chances of it being blown out. (The paper acts as a wick for a candle)

 

The above is from a scout master I had 40+ years ago. He made these using an old milkshake blender. Stainless steel, weighed a ton and probably could have blended a car. The guy had a million uses for old nylons.

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If its just a few pieces - blender or food processor. First dry to get down to small pieces, then add a bit of water to make a slurry.

 

At this point you can simply discard the slurry or you can pour into the toe of a half pair of nylons, squeeze real tight and let dry. You now have a fire starter brick. You could even shave a bit of wax into the slurry to decrease the chances of it being blown out. (The paper acts as a wick for a candle)

 

The above is from a scout master I had 40+ years ago. He made these using an old milkshake blender. Stainless steel, weighed a ton and probably could have blended a car. The guy had a million uses for old nylons.

 

LOL! That's wonderful! What a great way to re-purpose junk mail.

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I ordered one of these a few days ago. If anyone cares, I'll let you know how it works when I get it.

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ziszor-33050-The-ZISZOR-Portable-Handheld-Paper-Shredder/29851713

 

This is the one I was talking about in my post, above. It is not, however, a cross-cut shredder which is what the OP wants.

 

Raquel, I do the same thing; i.e., remove labels from magazines or packages and shred them. I even shred envelopes that have our name on them!

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Escapees mail service does not send junk mail to us.

 

But you have to pay extra for that service...and I don't believe they shred the junk mail, simply throw it away, unless they've changed their procedure recently. I particularly don't want stuff like credit card offers to be thrown into the trash!

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There is a way to stop getting credit card offers in the mail. I don't remember the web site or the phone number but I'm sure you could google it. I stopped ours years ago and haven't received a single one since.

 

Rich

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I don't like burning paper in a campfire because of the problem of bits of burning paper that can float away.

Yer supposta fold and twist it into a dense little "log". Makes for excellent fire starters.

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