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Hanman

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02-12-2012 05:56 PM

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I’m just wondering what everyone else out there does with their loads of sawdust and wood chips leftover from their projects? I live in an extremely rural area so I have no problem with finding places to dump it, but it’s always bothered me because it seems like there should be some kind of use for this stuff. I have 2 wood stoves and I’ve burned some of it at times but surprisingly it really doesn’t burn as well as I thought it would. It just smolders and smokes a lot. Any good ideas out there??

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 06:08 PM

We use everything except for black walnut. The chips are for animal bedding, We put the sawdust in the compost pile in the winter. During the warmer season, we put the sawdust on the garden beds with acid-loving plants such as blueberries.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 06:16 PM

compost, except for walnut

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 06:30 PM

Oak, beech, apple and other fruit woods, from lathe, planer & saw all for fish smoker.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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Hanman

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 06:44 PM

didn’t realize you could compost it. why not walnut though?

BigYin- Even the finer sawdust from your table saw?

The majority of mine is dust from the table saw. I don’t use the lathe a lot, but I did finally buy a planer, which has been on my wish list for years so I could definitely save those chips.

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 06:51 PM

I burn it or throw it away…silly me

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#6 posted 02-12-2012 06:55 PM

You do not put Black Walnut in a compost heap nor use it as mulch because it contains a toxin that prevents the growth of other plants.

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#7 posted 02-12-2012 06:56 PM

All but course chips from the planer go in my blackberry patch.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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#8 posted 02-12-2012 06:58 PM

I use it on my pathways and lay it thick around places I don’t want weeds to grow.

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#9 posted 02-12-2012 07:01 PM

Hanman

<bigyin->

yes, shavings underneath and sawdust on top
Mix brown sugar, honey, salt and lemon zest into a paste make enough
to cover both sides of filet, place on rack, and smoke till done

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#10 posted 02-12-2012 07:02 PM

Black walnut is toxic to vegetables and also horses.

I have enough I just put it in the garbage tote. While I compost kitchen waste, too much wood will deplete nitrogen in your garden.

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oldretiredjim

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#11 posted 02-12-2012 07:06 PM

Some gets composted but I have noticed that it decomposes at a slower rate than other organic material. If you compost it you need to turn the pile regularly and break up the mat of stuff. It tends to clump and prevent air from reaching other areas of the pile. Some woods have an acid PH so depending on what your soil is doing that is a consideration. Perfect for around acid loving plants like blueberries.

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#12 posted 02-12-2012 07:09 PM

I own almost 2 acres with a woodsy area at the back. My sawdust pile back there would easily fill the bed of a full-sized pickup.

Since I work with some exotics I don’t know how safe it is to use this sawdust for flower beds or anything else.

I am not about to separate my sawdust by type of wood. There is no practical way to do that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Hanman

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#13 posted 02-12-2012 07:12 PM

Thanks for the input everyone. This is why I love this site.

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mondak

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#14 posted 02-12-2012 07:20 PM

If your doing BBQ, low an slow, then there is a tool/toy out there that will use the saw dust and chips to smoke your ribs, brisket or whatever. Type in AMNS in your search bar. And as for cutoffs aka: scraps…....throw’m on your grill when doing a steak or anything else that is hot an fast.

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#15 posted 02-12-2012 09:12 PM

I put my sawdust an shaving in walmart bags, tie’m up an toss in the wood stove….free btu,s

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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