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Forum topic by greatview posted 03-30-2010 05:27 PM 1653 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2010 05:27 PM

I just emptied my cyclone dust collector and now have about 50 gallons of dust/chips. Nobody around here will buy (I don’t generate enough volume). Seems like it takes forever to compost them. I’ve got lots of land and can just dump in a remote spot but is there any way to make them useful?

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 05:29 PM

How about wetting them down and using them as mulch in the gardens?

—edit—good for the chips anyway

For the sawdust, maybe start smoking some fish? :-)

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 05:58 PM

If you cut plywood and/or MDF then the sawdust will cause illness in your garden.

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 05:59 PM

Walnut can also be bad for garden and/or animals that might step in the mulch.

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 06:10 PM

ya be careful useing it as mulch, i gave a bag to the neighbor and it killed her flowers. she was not happy.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 06:10 PM

Greetings Tom:... Hey, if you can’t find a good use for the sawdust and chips, why not just burn it? You’ll get rid of it quick, and won’t have to hassle with trying to give it away, or take a risk on burning your garden or flowerbed. Or… scatter it on your land, use it to fill some holes around your place. All kinds of ideas, here….

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#6 posted 03-30-2010 06:27 PM

You’re probably better off not burning it, especially if it contains dust from plywood or mdf. If you know what it contains (i.e. no plywood, mdf, or walnut) you might be able to give it or sell it to a company that grows shiitake mushrooms (the rubbery mushrooms in Chinese food) because they grow on wood or sawdust blocks. Otherwise I would scatter it in some out of the way place on your property. Just make sure not to leave it in a huge pile. I’ve seen lots of huge piles of sawdust in out of the way places in different woodlots from sawmills that closed decades ago. The sawdust will start helping out the next generation of lumber if it’s spread out.

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 06:37 PM

In the winter I use it to help start my wood stove. No plywood to speak of. In the summer I spread it out back or use it to help start outdoor fires we have on the patio. Just keep it covered.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 03-30-2010 06:37 PM

If you have a heavily treed area, you can spread it out there. Grass and shrubs don’t like the acidity of certain woods. Same with gardens, like Abbott said the resins used in plywood and MDF are poisonous to plants.

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#9 posted 03-30-2010 10:53 PM

You are right about the walnut shavings. I used it a few years ago as mulch, very little would grow after that. Ended up moving the garden.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#10 posted 03-30-2010 11:15 PM

take it to a local pet store or feed store or give it to someone who has animals to use a bedding. I use it in my chicken house and the kids use it in their pet beds. Or, spread it lightly in the woods and run over it with the mower to scatter it (plus this is kickin’ fun!)

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 02:26 PM

The town where has a city compost. I take mine there.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 02:47 PM

if there is a autogarage nearby maybee they want a bagfull
to dry up the oil on the floor when they have some small
oil accident´s from time to time

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 02:54 PM

I was told that the saw dust (if not composted) will such the nitrogen out of the soil and that is why it is no goo for flower/garden beds. I use it to fill holes in the land, like land fill :) In the winter I use it like ice melt.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 07:02 PM

That’s what I’ve heard, snowdog. I’d love to know how to effectively compost it to prevent the nitrogen leeching though. Anyone know if worms like it?

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 08:00 PM

JimmyNate and all others
if you composted it little by litte and mix it with
the green blades and other leftover
from your kitchengarden then there shuoldn´t
be too much trouble but you have to mix it
with fresh leftovers but that is what I do
anyway mix new materiel with the layer just
down under and if you want to know more
about composting there is gardentenders
and a full libery but you are always welcome
to pm me about it then I will see if I can help you


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