|Forum topic by Edziu||posted 04-08-2011 02:22 AM||3437 views||2 times favorited||7 replies|
04-08-2011 02:22 AM
I often see lots of topics in the forums here on what to do with sawdust. I still use it in my garden as mulch, but I also recently discovered an efficient way to burn the stuff in my wood stove. I start by collecting small boxes that, when closed, will fit in my stove. I scoop some sawdust into the box, and tamp it down, repeating this several times.
Then I stomp on the sawdust to really get it compacted.
I add a little more sawdust and make sure there’s a little extra before I close the box, then I force the flaps down and tape the box shut.
I end up having a very dense pack of sawdust, almost as dense as a block of wood that is the same size. Then I throw it in the fire- and this is very important- On top of hot coals. Just lighting the box alone will work, but not well. when you put it on top of hot coals, it really burns nicely- for an hour or so.
I can process a whole 55-gallon drum of sawdust into about 8 or 9 boxes of this stuff in about an hour. I feel that’s a pretty good return on the investment of time.