Why do you wrap them up in some news paper to make a log and not just throw a small coal shovel load in the burner.
Minimise the time the door is open when noxious gases can enter the house. And slows the rate of the burn. If you put a shovel full in, they all ignite together giving a furious burn. Whereas wrapped up as a log it burns like a log where the outer torrified pellets protect the inner ones.